Media On Demand: Downloadable Ebooks and Audiobooks

 Media on Demand
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Click Here to Enter the Media on Demand for Kids Page

How-To Websites for Downloading Ebooks/Audiobooks

Nook Color, Tablet, HD, or HD+ (Overdrive Media Console App for Android Devices)
Nook
Kindle Fire or Fire HD
Kindles
iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch
Android Devices
Other

Where to Get a PIN to login to Media on Demand
Patrons need a PIN to login to Media on Demand. This is the same PIN used in our regular online catalog. This can be created via our online catalog. If you are creating a PIN for the first time, enter your name, library card barcode (with no spaces), and a 4-5 digit number in the PIN field and click submit. The online catalog should ask you to enter the PIN two more times. If you are having trouble creating a PIN, you may have already created one. If that is the case, call the library. We will erase your PIN from your record, and you can start over with the process.

Frequently Asked Questions
1. What do I need to use Media on Demand?
2. How do I get started using Media on Demand?
3. What are the fines for overdue materials on Media on Demand?
4. Do I have to visit the library to download eBooks or Audiobooks?
5. Can I download items at the Library?
6. What types of devices are compatible for Audiobooks or Ebooks?
7. Do I have to download a program to use Media on Demand?
8. I want an item that someone else has checked out...What do I do?
9. Will the library contact me when my holds are available?
10. Can the library staff place holds for me like they do with physical items?
11. How come the items I have checked out and holds I have on Media on Demand don't show up in my record on the SWAN online catalog?
12. What are the lending limits? (maximum number of checkouts, holds,etc.)
13. What is the loan period for eBooks and Audiobooks?
14. What happens when the loan period is over?
15. May I return an item early?
16. May I renew items?
17. Media on Demand says that I can't log in because my card is expired. What do I do?
18. Media on Demand says that I can't log in because I have too many fines. What can I do?
19. What happens when I replace my library card because it was lost or stolen?
20. What is the difference between Adobe PDF and EPUB formats?
21. How come the newest bestseller isn't available on Media on Demand? Or books by my favorite author?
22. Which eReader device should I buy?
1. What do I need to use Media on Demand?
All you need is a Beecher Community Library card with under $5.00 in fines.

2. How do I get started using Media on Demand?
We suggest you start with our handouts (listed above), or you can click on the Media on Demand link to go directly to the site.

3. What are the fines for overdue materials on Media on Demand?
You will never be charged fines for using Media on Demand. Items simply become unreadable on your device when the lending period is over.

4. Do I have to visit the library to download eBooks or Audiobooks?
No, you do not have to visit the library to download items. Everything can be done from home over the internet.

5. Can I download items at the Library?
No, not at this time.

6. What types of devices are compatible for Audiobooks or Ebooks?
Use the Device Resource Center to determine the formats compatible with your device.

7. Do I have to download a program to use Media on Demand?
Yes, you will need to download a free program onto a computer (Windows or Mac) in order to read ebooks, listen to audiobooks and transfer them onto a device. eBooks require Adobe Digital Editions; audio and video files require Overdrive Media Console. Kindle users do not need to download the Adobe Digital Editions software. If you are using an Android, Apple, Blackberry or Windows smartphone, iPod, or iPad, apps are available.

8. I want an item that someone else has checked out...What do I do?
If something is checked out, you will place a hold. When the item becomes available, you will receive an email. You have 3 days to checkout the item.

9. Will the library contact me when my holds are available?
No, library staff will not contact you. The library has no control or access over your account on Media on Demand. You should receive an email alerting you your holds are available.

10. Can the library staff place holds for me like they do with physical items?
No, library staff cannot. The library has no control or access over your account on Media on Demand.

11. How come the items I have checked out and holds I have on Media on Demand don't show up in my record on the SWAN online catalog?
Media on Demand is a completely separate system that our SWAN catalog. You place holds, check out items, etc. on your own over the Internet via Media on Demand.

12. What are the lending limits? (maximum number of checkouts, holds,etc.)?
You may have 5 items checked out and 5 holds per card.

13. What is the loan period for eBooks and Audiobooks?
Loan periods are either 7 or 14 days. For some items, you can return choose your lending period.

14. What happens when the loan period is over?
When the lending period ends, items will become unreadable, but may still be shown on your device. You can delete it.

15. May I return an item early?
Most items can be returned early, and the device handouts give instructions. Audiobooks, music, and videos may not be returned early.

16. May I renew items?
You cannot renew materials in Media on Demand. Instead, you will have to go through the checkout process again.

17. Media on Demand says that I can't log in because my card is expired. What do I do?
You will have to visit the library to renew your card. Bring in a driver's license or state I.D. with your Beecher Address.

18. Media on Demand says that I can't log in because I have too many fines. What can I do?
You must have fines under $5.00 to use Media on Demand. You can pay your fines over the internet through your record on the SWAN online catalog.

19. What happens when I replace my library card because it was lost or stolen?
When you replace your card, you get a new barcode. Please let library staff know because we will need to contact Media on Demand to transfer your hold information over to your new barcode.

20. What is the difference between Adobe PDF and EPUB formats?
With PDF ebooks, text and pictures are fixed with respect to the page. This makes the PDF format good for pictures books or books with graphs and charts, but it's awkward with small screens or when you want to zoom in. With EPUB books, text will reflow to fit your screen when you change the size of your screen or when you change the text size. This format is good for novels.

21. How come the newest bestseller isn't available on Media on Demand? Or books by my favorite author?
Ebook lending via public libraries is relatively new, and publishers are concerned their profits will be wiped out if they allow public libraries to lend their ebooks via public libraries. There are some publishing houses that do not allow public libraries to lend their ebooks at all, or wait a period of time after their books are initially published to allow public libraries to lend them. Leadership in the American Library Association are working with publishers to encourage them to allow the lending of ebooks.

22. Which eReader device should I buy?
This is a personnel choice that the library cannot answer. There are a variety of advantages and disadvantages associated with each device.