4 Replies Latest reply on Jan 14, 2012 7:10 AM by alchemyfyr

    What is the deal with getting library books for my NC?

      The main thing I wanted to do with my NC was get library books without having to drive to the library.  There are lots of specific titles I wanted to read that are available at my library or can be sent to my library but I am having a hard time finding books I actually want to read that are available for my NC. 

       

      This feature has been out for a couple years now, how much longer for it to catch up to libraries and they will have more of a selection available?  More than 1 copy available?  It is frustrating to see a book I want to read and see that there are 30 people who have it on hold before me. 

       

      I did manage to get in line for a book and after 3 weeks (I was second on hold for it) was able to download it.  Now my only issue is that the print is so tiny and I can't change it...it's taking me forever to get into the book so I'm a tad disappointed in my first library experience.

       

      Can anyone else who has used the library feature give me some hints or explanations....I really love my NC and have downloaded about 100 free BN books so have tons to read, but would like to hear more about the library lending feature as that was the main idea behind getting it.

       

      Thank you all!

        • Re: What is the deal with getting library books for my NC?
          orb9220

          Don't know if it works with library books? But under changing text size and formatting there is a checkmark use Publishers settigs. Uncheck it and then can apply text changes to book. Not sure about ADE library books and if it allows you to uncheck the Publishers settings tho.

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          • Re: What is the deal with getting library books for my NC?
            whiteoakBR

            The other thing you could do is check out libraries outside your geographic area, many of the big cities have libraries you can join (for a smallish fee of course) and they have more copies of more books than maybe your local library does.  Search the forums for library borrowing - I don't have the full list.  In my area is the Free Library of Philadelphia (in PA with a PA Access library card it is free but others can join for $35/year).  All the enrollment is over the internet and they have huge numbers of ebooks in a variety of formats plus audiobooks. (make sure you only reserve/download the ones that fit the Nook's format limitations - )  Good luck with your extended library experience.

            • Re: What is the deal with getting library books for my NC?
              bklvr896

              alchemyfyr wrote:

              The main thing I wanted to do with my NC was get library books without having to drive to the library.  There are lots of specific titles I wanted to read that are available at my library or can be sent to my library but I am having a hard time finding books I actually want to read that are available for my NC. 

               

              This feature has been out for a couple years now, how much longer for it to catch up to libraries and they will have more of a selection available?  More than 1 copy available?  It is frustrating to see a book I want to read and see that there are 30 people who have it on hold before me. 

                

              Can anyone else who has used the library feature give me some hints or explanations....I really love my NC and have downloaded about 100 free BN books so have tons to read, but would like to hear more about the library lending feature as that was the main idea behind getting it.

               

              Thank you all!


              There are a number of reasons libraries may not have the books you are looking for and may only have one or two copies.  Libraries have limited budgets and they have to allocate those budgets between print and eBooks.  Which means they can't simply go out and buy 10+ copies of a eBook to make it available.  

               

              The other issue is the publishers.  MacMillan and Simon & Schuster and have never allowed libraries to lend their books.  So anything published by these two publishers is not going to be available.   Harper Collins only allows a library to lend a book 26 times before they need to purchase a new license.  It's reported that some libraries have stopped purchasing eBooks from Harper Collins because of this.

               

              So it's a combination of publisher restrictions and library budgets.

                • Re: What is the deal with getting library books for my NC?

                  Thank you all for the responses.....I will be seeing if I can find the Publisher's setting...the print is just sooo tiny!  I believe I did download the epub version so I'll look.  Especially thanks for the explanation on publishing companies/lend limits/etc as I wanted to understand why libraries don't have more of a selection.  Now I can see the restrictions companies placed on them.  I do love my nook and have lots to read but thought I was missing something with not being able to get good books.  Thank you all for the info!  I may even be checking into getting a card for a major library if it will help.  :-)