- Susan Lyon
You can use the Discovery Terminal (located at the Main Library) or the 3M Cloud Library website (http://ebook.3m.com/library/) to browse and search Richland Library's digital collection, check out eBooks, place eBooks on hold, or return eBooks early.
- Carol S
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- Wallace Benson
Upon first starting the unit up and signing in, there was an immediate update to Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, which is the latest android operating system at this time. The Nexus is smaller than an iPad- about the size of the iPad Mini. The device that it most resembles would be the Kindle Fire. Instant Video aside on the Kindle Fire, Amazon has flat out been blown away in the low budget price range it pioneered, by a more appealing and capable device. The only downside of having a small, light tablet like this is that it's currently limited to Wi-Fi connectivity.
Installing the apps that most library customers use to access their ebooks and other content was a snap thanks to Google Play. 3M, Overdrive, and Freegal are all present and accounted for. However, the Library Anywhere app currently is not compatible with this latest Android OS which means you will need to use the Richlandlibrary website as-is. I noticed that the 3M reader sometimes loses track of where you stopped reading last, but that may not be something exclusive to this device. The Zinio software works well and is a much superior experience to using it on an iPod Touch or smartphone. However, an iPad or other 10 inch tablet would be a better magazine reader. I found Overdrive to be the best overall experience of the usual apps that a library customer might use to access our content. Both the Overdrive e-reader and the audio books worked flawlessly.
Using the Kindle app or Google's Play Books app means that you can download and sync your books quickly and efficiently and the text is nicely displayed. Its small size means that holding it in one hand is practical, and that makes it an effective option for those looking to carry lots of books around with them. Obviously the fact that it's backlit means that you don't need a separate light or light case to read in the dark. Page turning is done with a swipe or tap on either side of the screen, and through the Play Books app this is niftily animated (the Kindle app offers a more clunky sliding solution, but it doesn't really detract from the reading experience). When reading, the familiar Android home, back and multitasking shrink to dots, giving you more space to see the all important words. It's decent as an ebook reader. I’m just not sure it's really got enough to sway people from a dedicated Kindle or Nook though. The e-ink technology of a dedicated e-book reader makes a battery charge last weeks, it doesn’t wash out in sunlight, and its easy on the eyes.
I enjoyed using this device and would recommend it to anyone familiar with an android smartphone. If you already have another Apple device, then the iPad Mini will appeal to you. The Kindle Fire is especially good if you have an Amazon Prime account. The Nook Color and Nook Tablet are also fine options. If you are willing to take a little time to customize the Nexus- it cannot be beat for the features you get and the price you pay. I noticed that Consumer Reports rated it a Best Buy among 7 inch tablets.
- Sarah S.
Barnes & Noble's 7-inch Nook HD+ is made for crystal-clear reading. It is truly HD and you can tell Barnes & Noble put a lot of thought in presentation of materials. There isn't a camera, though, so if you like to Instagram with whatever is in your hands, this won't work for that. The Nook's ability to have multiple profiles is a huge win here, especially if you only want to get one for everyone to share. Fair warning, you need to know where to look to set up a new profile, but once you find it making profiles is easy. Click your image at the top to find the add profile button! If you've stored your books on an SD card, this eReader/tablet has a card slot for easy accessibility. There are also apps availble, such as Netflix, Flickster, Goodreads, Overdrive, and 3M. The Nook HD+ has an excellent shop for reading material, even including catalogs! It is a bit slow to load, but is comprehensive and once you're set up with a credit card, easy to buy from.
- Emily Johansson
Last September, Amazon released the new and much improved Kindle HD just in time for the holiday season. The new upgraded software and sleek design make for a better user interface with 7” screen, Dolby audio, and 11 hour battery life. Those of you lucky enough to receive this fancy new eReader stuffed in your Christmas stocking this year may be wondering...now what?
- Game Genie
As the tablet tidal wave continues its deluge over the reading landscape, I am grateful for the existence of ereaders. Books are my first love, but e-ink has been easy on the eyes too, and dedicated ereading devices have done well to avoid the many distractions of email, internet, games, apps, etc.
- Thomas L
Richland Library customers with Macs received a gift this season in the form of the 3M Cloud Library Mac App. Now Mac-users can use the app to browse Richland Library’s 3M Cloud Library eBook collection, download eBooks to their computers, and either read them on their screen or transfer eBooks to eReaders like the Nook and Sony Reader with the click of a mouse button. As a Mac-using, Nook-reading eBook-lover, I'd been looking forward to this for some time!
- Jake Duffie
I recently had the opportunity to spend some hands-on time with the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. This lightweight, just-big-enough eReader not only provides the clarity of E Ink but also has a backlit display that makes reading anywhere a great experience. It also boasts a really responsive touchscreen and is comfortable to hold for long periods of time.
- Melissa Thigpen
How do I find them now? We know that change can be hard, especially when your favorite things have moved and you can't find them. But our goal at the library is not to make finding the things you need hard. We want to make getting what you need easy so we have collected a list of the most used online resources for your convenience. Just click on the links below to get started.