Giving the gift of technology has been a popular present choice in recent years as tablets, smartphones and eReaders have come down in price.
If you are considering giving a device this holiday season, or getting one for yourself, Okanagan Regional Library has created gift packets filled with brochures and information on the free digital collections library members can enjoy on their eReaders or tablets.
You can pick up the packets at any ORL branch to include with the present, as well as Staples in Vernon.
The library system’s eResource collection includes digital books from the ORL eBooks collection, eAudiobooks from the OneClickdigital collection, eMagazines from Zinio for Libraries, and independent movies through IndieFlix. All of these digital collections are available through the ORL website at www.orl.bc.ca.
To get the most out of the library’s digital content, you will first want to confirm what eReaders and tablets will work with the ORL’s digital collections.
“We don’t recommend a particular product, but want to ensure everyone is aware of difference between devices and consider what they’d like to use the device for before purchasing,” said Chantelle McGee, virtual branch head.
“We have a ton of links and guides on our website and in branches to help inform people and get them started using our free digital collections available on our website.”
If you want to read eBooks only, an eReader might be the way to go. Note a computer or laptop is also needed to transfer library eBooks on to the eReader. When it comes to brands of eReaders, keep in mind that Kindle eReaders, such as the Kindle Paperwhite or Touch, cannot be used to read library eBooks because Kindle eReaders do not support the eBook formats that Canadian libraries offer.
If you want to read eBooks and eMagazines, listen to eAudiobooks and watch movies, a tablet can be a better choice.
Most popular tablets running current software can work with most or all ORL digital collections, including iPads, Android tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets.
To get started using the ORL’s digital collections, a library card, PIN/password and email are also required.
“We created the gift packets as a way gift-givers can include content with the tech device,” said Marla O’Brien, ORL’s public relations manager.