eBook Service Format Type Scope Platform
netLibrary Text Browseable General PC, LC
SafariTech Text Browseable Computer/IT PC, LC
Self Help Legal Text Browseable Self Help Law PC, LC
Adobe Reader Text Downloadable General PC, PDA-Palm
Mobipocket Text Downloadable General PC, PDA-PPC
Overdrive Audio Audio Downloadable General PC, PDA-PPC, DAD
Browseable EBooks are read one-page-at-a-time while on a computer connected to the Internet,
similar to reading pages at a web site. There is no special setup, and no need to check
items out. But the user must stay connected to the Internet. Browseable ebooks can be
compared to reference books where, usually, only a few pages need to be read.
Downloadable Downloaded and read off line. May be exported to PDA and/or DAD depending on
format. Designed to be read while disconnected from the Internet but requires special
(free) software & setup and items must be checked out. Downloadable ebooks can be
compared to circulating books where reading or listening to the entire ebook is desired.
PC Personal Computers, i.e., where the user has full control over the computer. This
includes personal laptops connected to library DSL but not library owned computers.
All ebooks can be read or listened from a personal computer.
LC Library Computers & computers where the user has restricted control. All browseable,
but no downloadable, ebooks can be read or listened from library computers.
DAD Most Digital Audio Devices, including CD players, but currently excluding iPods
PDA-PPC Personal Digital Assistants using the Pocket PC operating system
PDA-Palm Personal Digital Assistants using the Palm operating system
Text-based ebooks can be read from a computer or PDA screen. Audio books can be listened from a
computer, PDA, Digital Audio Device and can even be burned to CD and listened from a CD player. The
audio books are unabridged and most are in the 100+ MB range. To make them easer to handle, they are
divided up into smaller “parts.” Each part is about two hours of listening and can fit onto one CD. The
smaller parts are also easier to download, especially on slow connections, and can fit on Digital Audio
Devices that may not have enough storage to hold an entire book. Not currently available for iPods.
EBooks can be searched through either the Millennium catalog or via options available on the eBooks page.
The records in the catalog are useful for showing what formats are available when looking for specific
subjects or titles. However, when looking for what is available in a specific format, e.g., what is available
in Downloadable Audio, the search options on the eBooks page are a better choice.
To get to the eBooks page from the home page at:
Click on Quick Links then Click on eBooks
Please be familiar with this page. Find the links for browseable ebooks, downloadable ebooks, FAQs and
eBook Support. When there is a question or problem, the FAQs should be checked first. If the answer
cannot be found in the FAQs, the question or problem can be submitted through the eBook Support link.
When a patron needs to contact support, please point out the eBook Support link rather than providing my
phone number. The patron will get better service—timelier and more complete, by using the eBook
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