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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Baldwin Library Books Delivered to Your Computer and Automatically Returned on the Due Date. Library to Host Holiday Gift Picks: eReaders 12/5

If you are reading this,  the Birmingham Baldwin Library Public Library at 300 West Merrill  Street Birmingham Michigan (248)-647-1700 is a couple of mouse clicks away.

Go to the right hand side of the page. The second heading down, under official sites  is Baldwin Library. Under that heading are three bullet point Baldwin Library subheadings.
  1. The first is a link to Library's website.
  2. The second titled,  Books and Beyond  is a link to the library's quarterly magazine . Residents of the City of Bloomfield Hills will   receive a printed copy of the publication in the mail shortly. Readers of this blog or the library's  web site  get a sneak preview now. The magazine will stay on our site until the next issue is published in order to be a to be a continued source of reference should the paper edition get tossed, or lost.                                                                                                                                                  
  3. The last Baldwin bullet point is the link that lets library card holders use the library on line from home or elsewhere.

All the books (both electronic and audio) that are available for electronic check-out  appear here. Many offer samples. There are a number of categories such as audio fiction/non fiction,  recent returns, and buried treasure  that appear beneath the picture below which can be found on the right hand side of the page.

Directly above the picture are detailed instructions for down loading  free software that will allow you to download e-books  or audio books to your computer. There they can be read or played (if your computer has a sound card and speakers). The e-books can also be transferred to a Nook or other portable book reader. The audio books can be transferred to a portable Walkman like player. When the due date arrives the E-book or audio will automatically be removed from your computer or portable reader.You must remove the audio book from a portable device if you copied to one. 

The instructions for downloading the free software are fairly straight forward. This writer had  a little difficulty because I didn't follow the instructions exactly. If you have problems stop by the Baldwin library and a librarian will help you. In fact the the Baldwin library will sponsor the following free class ...

Introduction to eBooks and Audiobooks
Sat., Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. or Mon., Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
Call 248-554-4650 to register.
Read and listen to books from your own home.  Learn the difference between eBooks and Audiobooks and learn about the Library’s down loadable media. Basic computer and Internet skills are required.

You select a book  by clicking on it. If it is available it will say "Add to cart.". If it is not, you may reserve a copy when it becomes available by clicking on, "Place on hold." To check out a book you have put in your cart you will need your library card number and the four letter Pin number you you chose when you received your card at the Baldwin Library.

Reading a book on your computer works but there are more convenient ways. If you are thinking about a portable book  reader as a gift for others or even yourself consider the following  free class next Monday at the Baldwin Library.

Holiday Gift Picks: eReaders
Mon., Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.
Call 248-554-4650 to register.
Just in time for the holidays. Stop by the Library to learn more about eReaders and to get hands on experience with a Nook, a Sony Reader, a Kindle and an iPad. A short presentation on the different kinds of eReaders and then participants will have the chance to try different kinds.

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