Download Free eBooks from KDL!

eReaders

Did you get a NookSony Reader or another type of eReader for Christmas? We can help you put it to good use! Kent District Library provides access to almost 3,000 titles in eBook format through our participation in the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services’ OverDrive Digital Library (http://ebooks.mcls.org). Without leaving the comfort of your home, you can download and enjoy thousands of eBooks on your computer or compatible device.
(Note that unfortunately the Amazon Kindle uses a proprietary file format and is not compatible with library eBooks.)

If you need help learning how to use your free library eBooks with your eReader, we can help with that too. From the KDL website, you can:

  • View a guided tour of how to browse, check out and download digital files from OverDrive.
  • View instructions for transferring an eBook to a portable eReader device.

If you have questions feel free to call us at 784-2007. Happy reading!

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Katie is a Communications Assistant and helps spread the word about all the amazing things taking place at KDL. She loves her job so much that she returned to it following a four-year stint as a stay-at-home mom!



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8 Responses to “Download Free eBooks from KDL!”

  1. Gloria Haebich Says:

    Is there any word yet on when we will be able to download books to our Apple Ipads? I thought you were working on it. I’m able to download Nook books to it, as well as Ibooks and Kindle books. I’d love to get some library books.

    thanks,
    Gloria

  2. Sheri Says:

    Hi Gloria,

    OverDrive came out with an updated mobile app in late December that does allow downloading ePub-formatted eBooks directly to iPhones & iPads. Search the app store for “OverDrive Media Console” to find and install it. You can see a video of the app in action on our blog post announcement at http://blog.kdl.org/?p=3068.

    The app is not currently “optimized” for the iPad (meaning that you may have to increase the iPhone-sized screen manually), although they are working on an iPad-specific version.

    The Bluefire Reader app may be another option to consider. You can read instructions for using this app with library eBooks on your iPad at http://www.bluefirereader.com/help/libraryBooks.html.

    Hope this helps! If you need any additional assistance, please feel free to contact me at webmaster@kdl.org.

    Sheri
    KDL Webmaster
    webmaster@kdl.org

  3. Chas. Says:

    When will KDL Library books be available to download onto my Pad?

  4. Sheri Says:

    Hi Chas.,

    See my response to Gloria above — you can use either the OverDrive Media Console app or the Bluefire Reader app to read KDL library eBooks on your iPad.

    If you need any additional assistance, please feel free to contact me at webmaster@kdl.org.

    Thanks,
    Sheri
    KDL Webmaster
    webmaster@kdl.org

  5. Colleen Says:

    The KDL is not on the list of Libraries on the site you direct us to.

  6. Sheri Says:

    Hi Colleen,

    Since we wrote this blog post last January, KDL has separated from the eBook site run by the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) and has set up our own eBook site just for our patrons. You can now download free KDL eBooks from http://ebooks.kdl.org instead.

    Thanks,
    Sheri
    KDL Webmaster
    webmaster@kdl.org

  7. Greg Says:

    Since KDL is no longer part of the MCLS, is there a way to remove purely MCLS results from the search? I only found this after getting numerous results that redirected me to MCLS for ebooks, only to find out that I could not sign in and check them out.

    Thanks!
    Greg

  8. Sheri Says:

    Hi Greg,

    If you’re looking for eBooks, we recommend going directly to our eBook site at http://ebooks.kdl.org and using the search function there. That way you’ll only be seeing titles that KDL owns.

    If you do use the regular library catalog, make sure to click on the link labeled “Access KDL eBooks” (the other links will go to the separate MCLS or LLC eBook sites.)

    And if you ever find something you want that’s available from MCLS or LLC but not from KDL, be sure to let us know by filling out a Recommend a Purchase form on our website.

    Thanks,
    Sheri
    KDL Webmaster