E-books & digital media FAQ

The basics

What is an e-book?

An e-book, short for "electronic book," is a book with text and images in digital form, that is read on computers or other devices, including smartphones and e-readers.

What is an e-reader?

An e-reader is a portable electronic device used to read books in digital form (e-books). The Nook (Barnes & Noble) and Kindle (Amazon) are two examples of e-readers.

Does the Library have e-books I can borrow, and where can I find them?

Yes, the Library has e-books, e-audiobooks, music and videos that you can borrow and download to an e-reader or other portable device.

Many of these materials are available through subscriptions to Digital Downloads by OverDrive, hoopla and BiblioBoard. We also link to some websites where you can find e-books that are freely available for download.

We have music and interactive books for children (pre-K and K-12) that you can stream from your computer, too.

What other digital media does the Library have available?

We have music and music videos you can download and transfer to any computer, MP3 player, smartphone or tablet, through our subscription to Freegal Music.

We have audiobooks, comics, e-books, music, movies and television shows available for access on your computer, smartphone or tablet, through our subscription to hoopla.

We have digital magazines that you can read on your computer or mobile device, through our subscription to Zinio.

Using Digital Downloads by Overdrive

What e-readers and other portable devices work with OverDrive e-books and e-audiobooks?

The list of supported devices keeps growing! For the most current information, visit the OverDrive Device Resource Center.

I have a Kindle. Can I read OverDrive e-books on it?

Yes! You can borrow Kindle books to read on any generation Kindle device, the free Kindle Reading App (for iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Android Phone), or in your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.

Can I download OverDrive e-books and e-audiobooks to my e-reader or MP3 player using library computers?

Currently, OverDrive e-books cannot be downloaded to your device using library computers due to software issues.

How do I get the OverDrive e-books and e-audiobooks onto my device?

Before you start you will need your library card, internet access and a computer or compatible device.

For most devices, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install free OverDrive app.
  2. Create an OverDrive account.
  3. Check out, download and enjoy!

If you're using a Kindle, follow these steps:

  1. Check out a Kindle e-book.
  2. Click on "Get for Kindle." You will then be directed to Amazon.com. You may be required to login to your Amazon.com account (or create a new account) if you're not already logged in.
  3. Choose to read the book on your Kindle device, free Kindle Reading App, or Kindle Cloud Reader.

Note: An active Wi-Fi connection is required for wireless delivery to a Kindle device. If your Kindle device is not Wi-Fi capable or you do not have an active Wi-Fi connection, read Amazon's instructions for transferring files via USB.

Get step-by-step instructions, including a digital books tour, at OverDrive Help.

How can I get the Kindle Reading App?

Free Kindle Reading Apps for your PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android Phone are available for download from Amazon.com.

How many OverDrive e-books can I check out at one time?

You may check out up to 10 titles at a time.

How long do I get to keep an OverDrive e-book once I have downloaded?

You may choose between a 7-day, 14-day or 21-day loan period.

Can I renew OverDrive e-books?

You can renew a title if others are not waiting for it. The renew option becomes available three days before the title is scheduled to expire. You may renew titles once.

How do I return my OverDrive e-book?

You do not have to return an OverDrive e-book at all. When your loan period is over, the e-book file will no longer work. You can then delete the file.

Can I return my OverDrive e-books early if I want?

You can return e-books and audiobooks before the end of the lending period using OverDrive Media Console's mobile app v2.3 (or newer) for Android, Blackberry and iPhone/iPad.

Adobe e-books can also be returned early using Adobe Digital Editions.

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Select the "Library View" icon (in the upper left corner).
  3. Under the "Bookshelves" heading, select "Borrowed."
  4. Click the e-book you want to return.
  5. Click the "Item Options" arrow (in the upper left corner of the selected e-book).
  6. Select "Return Borrowed Item."
  7. Click "Return" to verify that you want to return the title.

Kindle Books can be returned early from the Manage your Content and Devices page. Click on the "Actions" button for the title and select "return this book."

Due to publisher licensing agreements, some titles cannot be returned early. Exceptions may be found at Overdrive Help. These titles are automatically returned at the end of the lending period.

Using BiblioBoard

What devices work with BiblioBoard?

You can use a web browser on any device to access BiblioBoard. BiblioBoard also offers a free mobile app for many devices.

Do I have to create a BiblioBoard account?

You do not need to create an account to use BiblioBoard. If you choose to create a BiblioBoard account profile, you can use bookmarks, add notes and download content onto your devices. Without an account profile, you can access and read materials, but you will not be able to save your progress.

Do I have to be connected to the internet to access BiblioBoard content?

You do need to be connected to the internet to access content on BiblioBoard. Content can be saved to your BiblioBoard Offline Bookshelf and then accessed when your device is not connected to the internet.

How many items can I check out from BiblioBoard and how long can I keep them?

You have unlimited access to the content on BiblioBoard and there is no due date to return items.

Using Freegal Music

How do I listen to music?

Freegal Music offers two ways to listen to music, permanently downloading song files to your computer or device and streaming temporarily.

How do I stream music?

Visit the Freegal Music website and click the "Login" link. Look for the "Stream Now" link on any album cover, or click the round play button next to individual songs. You can create and save a playlist of favorite songs to listen to, or access built-in playlists of songs by genre.

You may also use the Freegal Music mobile app to stream music.

How do I download music and videos?

Visit the Freegal Music website and click the "Login" link. Use your Worthington Libraries library card number and PIN to log in. Search for songs or videos and click the download button to save them on your computer. Songs are available in MP3 format and videos in MP4 format, both free from digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. After downloading, you can transfer music and videos to any other computer, MP3 player, smartphone or tablet or burn music to a CD.

You may also use the Freegal Music mobile app to download music. Note that songs downloaded on iPhones, iPods and iPads using the Freegal Music app will not be available outside the app. For maximum flexibility, you may wish to first download music to your computer, then import the files into iTunes and sync with your Apple device.

Need more help? Visit the Freegal Music FAQ.

How do I get the Freegal Music app?

The Freegal Music app can be downloaded from the App Store and from Google Play.

What are Freegal Music's borrowing limits?

You may download up to three songs each week. Some "premium content," such as music videos, count as two downloads. The download limit resets each week on Monday after midnight. After reaching your download limit, you can save songs and videos to a wishlist for later download.

You also have unlimited access to streaming music.

How long do I get to keep Freegal Music content?

There is no time limit; you may access the music and videos you download indefinitely.

Using hoopla

What devices work with hoopla?

Hoopla supports Windows and Mac OS computers, as well as iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. For the most current information on supported devices, visit hoopla support, under "Technical Questions."

How do I get a hoopla account?

From the hoopla site, click on the "Sign Up" link. After agreeing to the terms and conditions, enter your e-mail address and a password of your choice. Under the "Library Info" heading, select "Worthington Libraries" as your local public library, enter your library card number and PIN and click the "Register" button. After registering, you will sign in to hoopla via the website or the app with your e-mail address and password.

How do I get the hoopla app?

The hoopla app can be downloaded from the App Store and from Google Play.

What are hoopla's borrowing limits?

You may have up to 10 checkouts per month.

How long do I get to keep hoopla content?

Lending periods are:

  • Audiobooks, comics and e-books: 21 days
  • Music: 7 days
  • Movies: 3 days
  • TV: 3 days

How do I view movies and TV shows on hoopla?

Browse or search hoopla to find something you like, then click on the "Borrow" button. You can play it immediately, or if you want to watch later, the title will be saved in "My Titles" for the remainder of the lending period.

How can I find family-appropriate content on hoopla?

"Kids Mode" in hoopla limits the display of content that is deemed suitable for children up to 12 years of age. From the website or app, access your account settings and turn on the "Kids Mode" option.

Need more help? Check out hoopla support.

Using Zinio

What devices work with Zinio Digital Magazines?

Zinio supports Windows and Mac OS computers, as well as the major tablets and smartphones. For the most current information on supported devices, visit the Zinio FAQ.

How do I download digital magazines?

Before you start you will need your library card, internet access and a computer or compatible device.

  1. Click on the magazine cover of the issue that you would like to read.
  2. After clicking the check-out button, you will be asked to login (or create an account if you don’t have one).
  3. When your magazine is successfully checked out, you will be given the option to read it within your web browser, or to browse for additional magazines.

Get complete instructions at Zinio for Libraries FAQ.

How do I read the digital magazines I've downloaded?

On a Windows and Mac OS computer connected to the internet, you can read the digital magazines in any web browser with Adobe Flash installed. To access your digital magazines when not connected to the internet, you may download the Zinio Reader.

For tablets and smartphones, you may download a Zinio Reader app that allows you to read your digital magazines whether you are connected to the internet or not.

How many Zinio digital magazines can I download at one time?

There are no borrowing limits.

How long do I get to keep a Zinio digital magazine once I have downloaded?

There is no time limit; you may access the magazines you download indefinitely.

More about e-readers and MP3 players

Does the Library have e-readers and MP3 players I can check out?

No, the Library does not lend e-readers at this time.

I want to purchase an e-reader, tablet computer or MP3 player. Where can I find product reviews?

ConsumerReports.org has e-book reader, MP3 player and tablet computer ratings, with comparisons of features and specs. CNet contains reviews of e-readers, MP3 players and tablets.

I just purchased an e-reader, tablet computer or MP3 player. Where can I find help getting started with it?

Many popular e-book readers, tablet computers or MP3 players have helpful tutorials and information for getting started online.

revised May 2016