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Wirral libraries' ebook service - quick review #669363
21st Feb 2012 7:12pm
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Has anybody tried this?

I tried it out last night and I found it a little complicated at first. It's a mixed bag, there are some positives to it as well as some negatives.

Positive:

Audiobooks now available for free borrowing
Free rental service that can be accessed through PC, 'iProduct' and Android.
Easy access to Gutenberg project books
No late fees as books automatically return to library
Can return books early
Unlimited rentals (4 at a time)

Negative:

Not a great choice of books
Can only 'e-borrow' a book if nobody else has borrowed it, similar to the physical library. (If no one has borrowed it, you can 'add to basket', if somebody else does have it, you can only 'add to reservations')
No obvious way of showing books available to borrow (a category called 'lost in the stacks' seems to show this)
Slow website to navigate and only shows 10 books per page [can only be changed in advanced search]
Poor category listing (there's no 'sport' for example)
Not compatible with Kindles (only those in USA for some reason)

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The digital download contains a DRM which expires the file after your rental time has ended.

Information on Council's website: http://www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/leisure-and-culture/libraries/ebooks

This is the catalogue of books:

http://wirral.lib.overdrive.com/18425C08-5CF6-421A-91D9-1F5448ABBB60/10/903/en/Default.htm

Apps for your mobile device/tablet can be downloaded here:

http://www.overdrive.com/software/omc/default.aspx
Android Market app - https://market.android.com/details?id=com.overdrive.mobile.android.mediaconsole

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Re: Wirral libraries' ebook service - quick review [Re: BlueLou] #669368
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Originally Posted by BlueLou
Can only 'e-borrow' a book if nobody else has borrowed it, similar to the physical library. (If no one has borrowed it, you can 'add to basket', if somebody else does have it, you can only 'add to reservations')


That's completely retarded.


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Re: Wirral libraries' ebook service - quick review [Re: ex0__] #669371
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Re: Wirral libraries' ebook service - quick review [Re: ex0__] #669399
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Originally Posted by ex0__
Originally Posted by BlueLou
Can only 'e-borrow' a book if nobody else has borrowed it, similar to the physical library. (If no one has borrowed it, you can 'add to basket', if somebody else does have it, you can only 'add to reservations')


That's completely retarded.

Maybe it's because they only have a license/the funding to lend one book at a time??

Thanks for taking the time to review it BlueLou, I didn't even know they offered such a service!

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Re: Wirral libraries' ebook service - quick review [Re: MattLFC] #669401
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Originally Posted by MattLFC
Maybe it's because they only have a license/the funding to lend one book at a time??


Then my comment applies to the entire distribution/licensing/funding structure.


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Re: Wirral libraries' ebook service - quick review [Re: MattLFC] #669414
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Originally Posted by MattLFC
Thanks for taking the time to review it BlueLou, I didn't even know they offered such a service!


That's why I reviewed it wink

I agree, it seems pointless to have 1 copy available online but whoever negotiated the contract for Wirral Council was happy with it.

Being the big kid I am, I've just rented an audiobook from Horrible Histories wink


Re: Wirral libraries' ebook service - quick review [Re: BlueLou] #669416
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I've tried it and then discovered about the US Kindles only. Not impressed. I wanted to read one book in particular but if I want to read it from the library, I have to take the laptop to bed with me. The whole point was that it would go on my Kindle so I could read it in bed no

I'll stick to hard copies from the library in future.


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Re: Wirral libraries' ebook service - quick review [Re: Wench] #669536
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Wench, if the copyright has lapsed you might find it on openlibrary.org?

Re: Wirral libraries' ebook service - quick review [Re: BlueLou] #669558
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It's a recent book Pob - The Junior Officers' Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars by Patrick Hennessey. The others were the Ed Macy books but can't read them on the Kindle either frown


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Re: Wirral libraries' ebook service - quick review [Re: Wench] #669563
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have u tried converting the files to simple txt files so you can put them onto the kindle instead , you will lose some formatting but there still readable


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Re: Wirral libraries' ebook service - quick review [Re: Wench] #669571
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Hi Wench
There is a free program called 'Calibre' that you can use to convert Ebook files. You can Google it & download or send me a PM with your email & I'll send it to you.

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ive been using a program called autokindle ebook converter

http://autokindle.sourceforge.net/


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Re: Wirral libraries' ebook service - quick review [Re: BlueLou] #669575
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Tried all that but because they're from the library, they won't work on a UK Kindle frown I've already got Calibre - it's fab!


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i had a few problems copying some new release books i got off someone elses kindle collection

somehow when you "borrow" the files they come in with some sort of protection so i was only able to read the first chapters

a mate of mine did something to them on the pc and hey presto ...all sorted wink

I shall find out what he did to them and let you know...i think he just removed a file that comes in with the book


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Re: Wirral libraries' ebook service - quick review [Re: BlueLou] #770941
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I came across this site earlier today:

https://www.wfhowes.co.uk/sign-in

There are a few free magazine subscriptions and Wirral is listed in the pull down menu.

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