Both San Jose and Santa County Libraries will be hosting a new type of bookmobile during the month of April. But instead of traditional books, this bookmobile travels with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players to introduce the public to Overdrive, a web portal which supplies local libraries with digital content: ebooks, audio books and music.
I’ve long been a fan of audio books. And I’ve recommended the Overdrive service for a number of years. One of my favorite features is not having to ‘return’ the item back to the library. With the digital library, your ability to access the item simply expires when the return date is reached. And of course the ability to access information 24/7.
Overdirve users can also take advatage of several of the favorite features offered at the physical library branches such as being able to place an item ‘on hold’ and be notified when the item is availalbe for checkout.
Visit the bookmobile on April 16th at Dr. MLK Library in downtown San Jose, April 17th at Saratoga Library and April 18 at Morgan Hill Library (Santa Clara County Libraries)
Besides the Overdrive portal, below is a list of other online portals offered by the San Jose libraries. Visit the San Jose eBooks, Audiobooks and Music page to access these online services.
TumbleBooks – audio books for young children
Missons of California Ebooks: Online or downloadable ebooks on California Missions.
NetLibrary: Popular ebooks on business, legal self-help, computer science, economics, literature, psychology and more.
Safari Tech: Online programming and IT ebooks published within the last 3 years.
Pimsleur Language: Downloadable audiobooks for learning foreign languages and for learning English from another language.
For more ideas about great things at our local libraries, read my post: My Favorite Things About the Library.
Originally Posted on: 12/1/2010