Wednesday, August 11, 2010

eBook Readers - What to buy?

Patrons frequently ask for information on buying an eBook reader and also if certain readers are compatible with our free downloadable eBooks from OverDrive.

To help you get started, here is a list of all eBook readers that are compatible with OverDrive's eBooks as well as ones that are known to be incompatible. Check back when you are ready to make a purchase, this page is updated as new devices are tested.

If you are interested in a device that is not mentioned, keep in mind that OverDrive's eBook files are in DRM-protected Adobe® EPUB & PDF file formats. All eBook readers will list what file types they support in their documentation.

Remember, most computers are compatible with eBooks, so if you would feel comfortable reading books on your laptop or netbook that is another possibility!

Here are some links to help you decide which eBook reader you would enjoy the most:

Dear Jane: What eBook Reader Should I Buy? (May 16, 2010) has a list of questions you can ask yourself to determine your needs and which eBook reader may best meet them.

PC Magazine's How to buy an eBook Roundup (July 14, 2010) contains all of the magazine's reviews of eBook readers. hosts a blog, wiki and message boards all dedicated to the discussion of eBook readers. Start by looking at the Which One Should I Buy? section of their message board.

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