Want to find an eBook that you can download right now without waiting? Don’t see what you’re looking for on Overdrive? Check out Freading, our newest database! Read on to learn the ins and outs of Freading.
Owned and operated by Library Ideas, a private company in Fairfax, Virginia, Freading provides another way to access eBooks other than Overdrive. On the plus side, Freading eBooks are always available for download- you never have to wait. The catch is that you might not find as many major publishers as Overdrive offers. Currently, Freading provides material from dozens of publishers, including Sterling, Sourcebooks, Workman, and Kensington, and new content is coming out weekly. The company hopes to attract more publishers as time goes on. Check out the tabs for top downloads, new arrivals, and featured titles on the home page. The Categories tab divides the books into popular subjects such as Juvenile Fiction & Non-Fiction, Study Aids, Humor, Romance, Mystery, or Antiques & Collectibles, etc…
I’ll start with a very important note about compatibility. As far as Kindles go, ONLY the Kindle Fire is compatible with this database. All previous versions of Kindles will not be able to download the third-party software required. There are detailed instructions on how to go about downloading Freading eBooks to a Kindle Fire on the FAQ page.
Compatible devices for direct downloading with the app:
most Android tablets and phones
(tested tablets include: Samsung Galaxy, Sony, Toshiba, Acer, Asus, and Xoom)
*apps can be found at the Apple App Store, Android Marketplace, or www.freading.com
Compatible devices for computer transfer with Adobe Digital Editions:
Nooks (eBooks cannot be transferred wirelessly- must be connected to computer)
(these were the tested readers; there are probably others that are compatible)
*users need Adobe ID and Adobe Digital Editions
The check-out procedure on Freading is a little different. Our library system pays for this database based on how much it is used, so each check-out will “cost” a certain number of tokens. Tokens are doled out each week, and in our library system, a patron receives 5 tokens/week. The “price” of books can be found in a little circle displayed on each cover in token amounts of 4, 2, or 1. A book’s price typically depends on how new it is. Tokens can be saved up for four weeks, but do keep in mind that any token accumulation is wiped out at the beginning of every month. If you find that suddenly you are out of tokens, you have the option to save titles to your wish list.