E-Readers and Tablets
Do you want to know what electronic readers (e-readers) are, or how they work? Are you considering purchasing an e-reader or an electronic tablet, but wonder whether or not you’d really like it? Well, now, thanks to grants from the LendLease Corporation and Senator David Valesky, Candor Free Library has several Kindle Fire tablets and Nook e-readers for loan so you can discover for yourself what these electronic devices are like.
What can you do with these devices? Well, first of all, you can read electronic books on them. These books, called e-books for short, are available from many sources. The library’s Nooks and Kindle Fires come preloaded with some books, but other books can be downloaded onto the device easily through the device’s applications (apps). There are many free sources for e-books, including borrowing e-books from the library through Overdrive Media, and downloading books from Amazon.com (Kindles) and BarnesandNoble.com (Nooks).
You can also play games on both the Nook and the Kindle Fire. There are many free game apps available to download from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
In addition to being used as a reading device and for games, the Kindle Fire tablet can also be used for listening to audiobooks (available for free through the library’s Overdrive Media), web browsing, email, videos, social media and more. If you have wireless internet at home, you can use all of these things from the comfort of your home. If you do not have the internet at home, you can go to a place with free wifi (the library, McDonalds, Arby’s, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Panera Bread, Wegmans, Barnes and Noble, and other places), and download items while you are there to use at home. There are also some preloaded games and videos on the library’s Kindle Fires.
Frequently Asked Questions…
1. How long will I be able to borrow the e-reader?
You will be able to borrow the eReader for 3 weeks. You may not renew it then, but may borrow it again at a later time.
2. Will I be charged late fees for returning the eReader past its due date?
At time of checkout, you will agree to pay overdue charges of $5.00 per day if the eReader is returned after the due date.
3. How many eBook titles or audiobooks can I have “checked out” through Overdrive Media at the same time?
You can have up to 3 titles “checked out” at the same time on your Overdrive Library Account for a loan period of up to 21 days. Titles may be “returned” early if there are other e-books or audiobooks that you would like to borrow.
4. Do I have to leave a deposit when I check out an eReader?
No deposit will be required, but you will have to sign a borrowing agreement that indicates your agreement to the terms contained therein, including the agreement to pay for the full replacement costs of the device, and its accessories, if they are not returned or are returned in damaged condition.
5. How old must I be to borrow an eReader?
You must be 18 years old with a valid license and Candor library card in good standing. You must also and confirm your contact information at the time of checkout.
6. How do I return the eReader when I’m done with it?
The eReader must be returned inside the library directly to a library staff member. The device may not be returned in the outdoor drop box because it is fragile. If it is returned in a drop box, the Borrower will be charged a $25.00 minimum fee for unnecessary risk to the device.
Stop by the library today and check out a Kindle Fire or a Nook!