@ Your Library
January 21, 2010
Libraries offer more than just books. If you’ve visited any of Grand County’s branches recently, you already know this. We have computers for public use, movies, music, audio books, etc. As digital content has become more prolific, we have added digital materials to our collection as well.
Grand County Library District offers many downloadable eBooks, audio books, movies, and music. Just visit our website, gcld.org, click on Online Resources, and scroll down the page to click on OverDrive.
To be honest, the movie and music collections available from OverDrive are far from extensive. You won’t find the latest releases. If you dig around, you can find a few gems. You can watch Bad Taste, Peter Jackson’s first feature film, Bubble by Steven Soderbergh, or even Tully, a very good indie movie released in 2000. They can be downloaded to your PC and then, if you’d like, to wmv compatible portable devices.
The music offered is primarily classical. But again, if you look hard enough, you can find albums by Denison Witmer, Barenaked Ladies, Old Crow Medicine Show and Dar Williams, among others. These are available to PC users with wma compatible devices.
The highlight of the service is audio books. The collection is updated monthly and contains an impressive variety. Recent additions include The Big Burn by Timothy Egan, 13 by Nevada Barr, Breathless by Dean Koontz, and Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving. All audio books are available to PC users with wma devices. If you don’t have your own portable music player, you can check one out from the library.
Mac users do get the short end of this service (as a fellow Mac user, I feel your pain). All that is available are audio books in mp3 format. The selection of mp3 titles is much smaller and less current than the wma selection. If you have an iPod, you can still download most wma titles through your PC and iTunes. The entire hierarchy of what’s available to whom can be confusing, so contact your local branch with any questions.
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eBooks are a brand new addition to the service. They are available in Adobe EPUB format, which is compatible with both Sony readers and the new Nook device offered by Barnes and Noble. As with the audio books, the selection of titles provides an excellent variety and many are popular new releases. Unfortunately, the copy-protected format is not available to Kindle users. If you don’t mind reading on your computer screen, however, both Mac and PC users may download EPUB books to their home computers.
The first time through the process can be daunting. Please refer to the Quick Start Guide on the OverDrive homepage or contact your local branch. You will have to, at bare minimum, download OverDrive’s software to proceed successfully. But once you’re comfortable with it, you can enjoy all of the digital services we offer just by using your library card.