You can’t judge a book by its digital platform

So you have decided to make the plunge into the e-book realm…So many digital platforms! So many electronic books! What’s a person suppose to do these days to find a book to read? How do you get started?

North Castle Public Library has posted links to 4 major platforms that you can choose from, but not all offer the same material. I will try to explain the major differences between the sites we have posted to help you find your next e-book

overdrive logoOverdrive Media Platform : Overdrive has been with Westchester Library System for the quite some time. This platform offers NY Times best sellers and most popular authors in both Mp3 (audio) and e-book. Once an app is installed on your device you can access the catalog directly from your phone, or tablet. It offers formats for Kindle as well as Nook, however additional apps would need to be installed on your device so the material can be opened. Kindle has its own app, nook reader as well. Books remain on your device for 14 days from download. Holds can be placed online and when title is available you will be notified by email. There are no late-fees or penalties as the book “expires” making it unable to open until you either download another license, or delete the image off your device. No worries about shelf space filling up!

  Total BooX Offered through the Westchester Library System, and linked from our website This platform is a GREAT resource for non-fiction / technical books. Marketing, management, professional books as well as Travel books like Fodor’s, Frommers, Lonely Planet and others. Once the book is checked out it goes onto your chosen “shelf” and will stay there until you delete it. No expiration, no returns no fees. If you decide that you do not want it on your shelf any longer, just delete it. This is also an app driven platform, e-books only, no audio at this point

3m Cloud Library: Offered through 9 of the 39 Westchester Libraries at this point. This is a cloud based app-driven platform which is new to the 9 of us. Catalog of NY Times bestsellers is growing by the month and some libraries are starting to purchase audio books as well as. Easy to use and available cross device you never need to worry about not having access to your book, as long as there is wifi to download / stream. Books are borrowed for two weeks, holds will remain available for three days after notification. No fines or fees, book will disappear off your device at the end of the loan period.

one click digitalOne Click Digital: Available through the Westchester Library System . App driven platform that is great for a variety of titles that are more obscure as well as older best selling titles. Favorites that are hard to find may be accessed through this platform. Both Audio as well as e-books are available to download. Developed by Recorded books this is great place to check for some older treasures that may be ready for a re-read!  And like all other platforms,two week loan period , no fees or fines.

This is the link to Westchester Library System’s Listen, Read & Watch tab. One worth mentioning, while you are there check out an out of print and out of copyright classics found in The Gutenberg Collection. One can find texts written in other languages as well.

 

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Edie Martimucci is the Director of Adult Services at the North Castle Public Library. She loves hiking, reading, gardening and knitting, not necessarily in that order, it all depends on the weather.

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Our Newspaper Archive!

Today (Friday, August 19, 2016), I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Hahn. He told me he and his wife, Edith Hahn, published the North Castle News for twenty years. “Edith did 90 percent of the work,” he explained. After leaving Armonk, the Hahns toured the U.S. several times, traveling to and from the California desert. Now that he was back in Armonk, Mr. Hahn wanted to look at our bound volumes of the paper.

Mr. Hahn didn’t know we’ve begun archiving the newspaper online, so, after I got him a couple of the bound volumes, I showed him how to access the archive. We saw the very first page of the first published volume. If you want to see it, too, or read any of our digitized copies of The Sun, The Villager, or The North Castle News, here’s how you can do it.
Make sure you’re online, open a browser, and go here :

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