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yankee cowsThis page will help you download or stream e-books, e-audio, and video. If you have questions, or if you prefer to learn about these services with a real human guide, please call, email, or bring your mobile device(s) or laptop to the Reference Desk. We would love to help!

 

 

Downloadable e-books and e-audio

OverdriveonelickThe library uses two different services for e-content: OverDrive  and OneClick Digital. 

If this is your first time using these services, click below to open up more info and get started. Once you're set up, you will probably go directly to Overdrive/ListenUp! or OneClick via your mobile device or computer.

FAQs about downloadable books

Are OverDrive and OneClick library services, and what's the difference? Should I use both?

These are third-party services that the library uses to provide e-content for its patrons. The OverDrive books come through ListenUp! Vermont, a project of the Green Mountain Library Consortium, which includes many Vermont libraries. Brooks subscribes to OneClick on its own. Each service offers a different selections of e-books and e-audio, so sign up with both for the best selection.

Does this include everything on your shelves?

We wish it could! Right now, the collection is still small, with thousands of items rather than the hundreds of thousands on the shelves at Brooks at at our parner libraries in the Catamount Library Network. But it's growing.

Do the titles appear in your online catalog?

No. Because the content is coming from outside vendors, you will need to establish free individual accounts with Overdrive and/or OneClick and search those services directly. Some of our partner libraries in the Catamount Library Network add e-book records to the general catalog, but that's just a notification of what might be available. For current info and access to e-content, go right to OverDrive and OneClick.

May I suggest that you buy a new title as an e-book or e-audio?

Absolutely. You can make  suggestions for purchase for new downloadable titles just as you would for traditional paper titles.

Why are there waiting lists if it's electronic?

Publishers still sell copies of books one by one; that hasn't changed in the electronic era. So, popular titles will still have waiting lists at libraries. However, just as with paper books, we will often buy extra copies to keep the list moving along. Tip: When using OverDrive/ListenUp!, always sign in before searching. That will give you access to additional titles and copies that Brooks buys exclusively for its own patrons.

Why do I see "Buy It Now" buttons? 

It's part of the deal between publishers and libraries: publishers seek the opportunity to sell extra copies of popular items to library patrons who want to skip over the waiting list. If you don't mind waiting a bit, go ahead and place a hold, and you will magically receive an email when it's available for you to check out and download. If you must read the next installment of your favorite series right now and decide you want to buy a personal e-copy, this link is a convenient way to do that.

 

Get started with OverDrive

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1. Download the OverDrive app or desktop software to your mobile device or computer.

Which do you need?

If you plan to read/listen to books on a mobile device that uses apps, such as an iPad, Android tablet, smart phone, KindleFire, or iPod Touch, choose the appropriate icon below for your mobile device:

app-store (App Store/iTunes) for Apple mobile devices that use apps, such as iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

google-play-store for Android mobile devices that use apps, such as Android tablets and smart phones (Note: if you're unable to download from Google play, check the other options on the OverDrive app page for your specific operating system).

amazon-app-store for Kindle Fire

nook-app-store for app-friendly Nooks. For plain Nooks that don't use apps, see instructions below.

windows-phone-store copy for Windows Phone

If you plan to read/listen on a computer or on a mobile device that does not use apps, such as a plain iPod, MP3 player, or traditional Kindle or Nook, go to the bottom of the Overdrive app page and choose the appropriate icon for your computer.  You can choose:

Mac mac logo, Windows Desktop windows logo, or Windows 8 windows 8 logo

2. Find titles, check out, download, and read/listen

These instructions are for the OverDrive web version, so some of the details might be slightly different on a mobile device, but they are substantially the same.

Once you have OverDrive installed, you can check out and download e-books and e-audio through the mobile app or on your computer via Listen Up! Vermont (Green Mountain Library Consortium, "GMLC"). You can always find your way back to that page by clicking on the OverDrive icon at the top of this Digital Media page.

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  • If you are using the mobile app, you will check out, download, and read/listen all within the app.
  • If you're using the computer program, you will check out and download the titles and then either read/listen on your computer or transfer the title to a mobile device via usb cable (as with an MP3 player) or via wireless connection (as with a traditional Kindle).

Tips:

sign inAlways sign in first thing when you go to ListenUp! Vermont. That will ensure that you have the best selection of titles. To sign in, start with the "Sign in" link in the upper right corner, near the cow and the search box. Then follow these directions and screen shots:

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availableWhen you search or browse ListenUp! Vermont, you will find items that are checked out and items that are available right away. If you only want to see things that are available right away, you can limit your search with the pull-down option "Only titles with copies available." But don't forget that placing holds is a useful strategy for keeping a steady stream of good books coming your way.

formatsOverDrive includes both e-books and e-audio. When searching for books, be aware of the icons that indicate whether a title is an e-book (book icon) or an audio (headphones icon)

Also, be aware that specific devices can display or play specific types of files. See notes below for a clue about what types of files your device can use, or look it up on the OverDrive devices page. You can limit your search to formats your device is able to use.

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Guide to formats:

  • Kindle Book for Kindle, of course
  • OverDrive Read: These are e-book titles that can be read immediately, via the Web, without having to download. But to use OverDrive Read, you have to have a current wifi connection. Most readers download the titles in one of the other formats so that they can read them even when they don't have an active wifi session in progress.
  • EPUB Ebook and PDF Ebook: for tablets and phones. Not for Kindles.
  • MP3 Audiobook: for most iPods and MP3 players. This is the required format for Apple audio products.
  • WMA Audiobook: for MP3 players and most non-Apple audio players. MP3 players can play both WMA and MP3 files.

Many titles have more than one format. An e-book might be available as both a Kindle file and an EPUB file, and an e-audio might be available as both a WMA and an MP3. When you get to the download stage in the checkout process, make sure you select the correct format for your reader or listening device.

Note to Kindle users: when you check out and download books, the system will send you to Amazon, where you will sign in with your Amazon account. It will know that this is a library book, though, and not a purchase.

Need more help?

Don't hesitate to call, email, or stop by the Reference Desk, and bring your mobile device(s) and/or laptop. We're happy to help you get set up and troubleshoot if you run in to difficulties.

 

Get started with OneClick

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1. Create an account on the OneClick website.

Visit the OneClick account setup page, using a web browser on your computer or mobile device. Enter your library card number and email address, and set up a password. If you're not sure what to choose for preferences, just keep the defaults; you can always change them later.

2. Download the OneClick app or desktop software to your mobile device or computer.

Which do you need?

OneClick has different apps/software for e-audio books (listening) and e-books (reading off the screen). If you would like to borrow both types of items, you will want to download both types of apps.

for audiobooks

If you plan to listen to audio books on a mobile device that uses apps, such as a smart phone or an iPod Touch, choose the appropriate icon below for your mobile device:

app-store  for Apple audio devices that use apps, such as iPhone and iPod Touch

google-play-store  for Android audio devices that use apps, such as Android tablets and smart phones

 If you plan to listen to audio books on a computer or on a mobile device that does not use apps, such as a plain iPod or MP3 player, go to the OneClick Help Page and choose the appropriate icon for your computer.  You can chooose between Windows and Mac:

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for e-books

If you plan to read on a mobile device that uses apps, such as an iPad, Android tablet, or smart phone, choose the appropriate icon below for your mobile device:

app-store  for Apple text devices that use apps, such as iPad and iPhone

google-play-store for Android text devices that use apps, such as Android tablets and smart phones

nook-app-store for e-books on app-friendly Nooks. For plain Nooks that don't use apps, see instructions below.

If you plan to read on a computer or on a mobile device that does not use apps, such as a traditional Kindle or Nook, choose this icon below:

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Kindlefire  Special instructions to use while you're on your Kindle Fire.

 

  • NOTE: When you install any of the e-book apps/software above, you will be prompted to obtain an Adobe I.D., if you don't already have one. OneClick uses the Adobe Digital Editions program to deliver its e-books. It's free, and you only have to do it once; you won't have to log in to Adobe every time you check out a book.

 

3. Find titles, check out, download, and read/listen

These instructions are for the OneClick web version, so some of the details might be slightly different on a mobile device, but they are substantially the same.

Once you have established your OneClick account and installed the app or computer program (OneClick Media Manager), you're ready to check out and download e-books and/or e-audio through the mobile app or on your computer via the OneClick Digital page. You can always find your way back to that page by clicking on the OneClick icon at the top of this Digital Media page. 

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  • If you are using the mobile app, you will check out, download, and read/listen all within the app.
  • If you're using the computer program, you will check out and download the titles and then either read/listen on your computer or transfer the title to a mobile device via usb cable (as with an MP3 player) or via wireless connection (as with a traditional Kindle).

The first time you log in to OneClick, it will prompt you to choose your country and find your library. In the future, it will remember those settings. The program will also prompt you for the user name and password you established in Step 1 above. If you are using apps, the user name and password are the same for both the audio and the e-book app.

Tips:

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A fun way to browse is to use the three tabs across the top. Featured titles are New York Times bestsellers; Newly Added gives you an overview of recent additions, and What's Popular shows Brooks Memorial Library patrons' favorite titles for listening and reading.

 

You can also do a quick search by author, title, etc., in the search box,

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or use the Browse down-arrow to choose from a list of browsing categories, such as "Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir," and "Historical Fiction." There is also a Filter down-arrow to choose a specific format: eAudio or eBook.

oneclick browse-filter

Whether or not you filter your search by format, remember that OneClick includes both e-books and e-audio. Icons indicate whether a title is an e-book (book icon) or an audio (headphones icon).

There are advanced search options as well. For example, the "Availability for Checkout" option is helpful if you want to be sure that every title in your search is available right now. One of the nice features of OneClick is that many of its titles are always available, but some have more limited licenses, and this will enable you to screen out any titles that are currently checked out.

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If you do find a title that's currently checked out and you want to place a hold on it or save it to a wishlist for future checkout, simply click the appropriate button in the item record.

OneClick hold

When you find a title you would like to check out, simply click the Checkout Now button. The default loan period is 14 days, but if for some reason you want a shorter loan, you can choose that.

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Depending on how you set up your preferences in your account, OneClick might immediately begin downloading the title as soon as you click the checkout button, or it might prompt you to open the file to download. When you choose "Open," the OneClick Media Manager will automatically open and download the title. Or you can download it later; it will be saved under the tab called My Collections.

Remember, you can always change your download preferences by clicking on the My Account tab.

OneClick account tabs

Need more help?

Don't hesitate to call, email, or stop by the Reference Desk, and bring your mobile device(s) and/or laptop. We're happy to help you get set up and troubleshoot if you run in to difficulties.

 

 

Independent movies and more

BCTV indiflixStream independent movies free through Indieflix with your library card, and don't miss the wonderful free programming at Brattleboro's own BCTV, including many library programs. Click below for more info.

 

Get started with Indieflix


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  • Browse over 1600 independent films to watch on your computer, phone, iPad, or other device.
  • Search for films by genre, intended audience, festival, or country. Filter by length of film.

To use:

First, create an account with your library card at Indieflix.

  1. You will need first to validate your library card, which will begin 27191 or 21792, with a total of 14 digits. See back of your card.
  2. Once validated, the system will then ask you for your name and email address. You will be sent an email and link to complete the process.
  3. Click on the link in the email to activate your account.  Continue on to the login screen and log in with your email and password.
  4. Once you are logged in, you must enter your first name, last name, and password one final time.  Your first name will then appear at the top "YOUR NAME" with a link to "DASHBOARD." Your dashboard will have a profile (optional), your queue of movies that you want to watch, and a viewing history that lists the films you have viewed.

If you want to watch movies on your iPad or iPhone, look for the Indieflix app at the iTunes store.

If you have a Roku streaming player you should be able to add Indieflix to your selections.

Once you have done the initial setup for your account, you can simply log in whenever you want to choose and watch movies.

 

Discover Brattleboro Community Television

BCTV

Connect to your community through Brattleboro Community Television! 

Watch BCTV live or watch shows on demand.

Tips:

Lots of the Brooks Memorial Library's programs can be found through the Lectures and Readings link in the on-demand playlist.  If you missed a 1st Wednesdays program, you might find it here.

 

Featured library videos

Katherine Paterson: Reading for the Life of the World

Click for More Brooks Videos (with thanks to our partners at BCTV)

 Rumi: A Soul on Fire, with Prof. Nancy Jay Crumbine

Ben Kilham: The Social Black Bear

Labor historian Annelise Orleck: What if Poor Women Ran the World?

Author Archer Mayor and Vermont librarians learn about videoconferencing equipment while audiences learn about the writing process of a master of the mystery genre.

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Kevin Cullen on Whitey Bulger

Professor Cynthia D. Bittinger explores the shadows of Vermont history

An evening with beloved author and illustrator David Macaulay

 

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Circulating E-Readers

Want to test drive an e-reader?  We have some Kindles available for checkout at the circulation desk.  They are pre-loaded with a variety of titles.  To find out what's on each e-reader, simply search the term KINDLE in the catalog search box. If the one you want is checked out, you can place a hold and be notified when it is available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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