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The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is the first municipal library network in South Africa to offer the amazing download service for e-books and audiobooks to their communities.
This online service is open 24/7, every day of the year. Whether you want to access your library at 21:00 in the evening, 06:00 in the morning, on a Sunday or a public holiday or at any other time of the year it will be ‘open’.
Any registered user of the municipal libraries whose membership is in good standing may use this service, accessing it through the Municipal website. All you need is access to a computer, a download device, and connectivity.
To get started you will need to install free software, which is available for download from the link on the NMBM Library eMedia webpage. For audiobooks, music and video, you’ll need to install the OverDrive Media Console. To read e-books, you’ll need to install Adobe Digital Editions.
Once the software is downloaded and installed, you can download any books from the catalogue. Titles can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, for example an ereader (not a Kindle) or a tablet for ebooks, or an iPod, a smartphone, or a MP3 player for audiobooks. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go.
e-Books and audiobooks are convenient and space saving, plus you can never lose the e-books or audiobooks nor damage them nor run up fines for overdue items Titles automatically expire at the end of the lending period. In addition, you can download from home osaving you time and fuel, providing you have the equipment. Maybe you are travelling in South Africa or outside South Africa – you can still access your library (providing you have the device and the connectivity).
If I have a device but no connectivity you can download from any internet café, using the link on the metro website. E-books will shortly be directly accessible through tablets, smartphones and computers where there is connectivity. Getting to know the locations of the Wi-Fi Hot Spots in your municipal area is a must.
This is the way forward for:
young readers where the e-book/audiobook is in a format which they find exciting.
students who see the print alternative as ‘so yesterday’.
travellers who want instant access to reading material in a format that is discreet and portable
sportsmen who want to listen to a good story, or be stimulated by general information, while training.
commuters who want to be entertained in the car
holiday makers on the way to their destination
any person who wants to escape with a good book.
The list is as extensive as your imagination.
Thanks to the vision of the NMBM and your municipal library service this new service, powered by OverDrive, is FREE with your library card.