March 8, 2010

Read an E-Book Week: NetLibrary

NetLibrary is one of two major vendors that supply ebooks for the Troy Public Library. Let's look at what they offer.

NetLibrary features over 17,000 ebooks that cover a wide range of subjects. While these ebooks are not able to be downloaded and saved on your computer, they open directly within your web browser and are always available to be viewed online. The majority of NetLibrary ebooks are in HTML format, however, some display as PDFs. There is no additional software needed to view NetLibrary ebooks, other than Adobe Reader for the few ebooks that are in PDF format. NetLibrary ebooks do allow you to print pages from them. However, because they are not saved to your computer, NetLibrary ebooks can not be transferred to ebook readers.

NetLibrary also features an "eBook of the Month." This month, the featured ebook is J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye: Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations. If you have a NetLibrary account, you can access it here.

The NetLibrary site offers several ways to locate ebooks. You can do basic searches by title, author, and subject. There is also an advanced search that lets you search by publisher and ISBN, and also allows you to combine search terms.

To be able to use NetLibrary, you will need a valid Troy Library card. You must also register for a NetLibrary account in person at the Library. Come to the Technology Center or Adult Reference Desk for assistance. After creating account, go to the, click on the "Downloadable Audiobooks, Video" link, and select NetLibrary.

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