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Friday, November 14, 2014

eRead Illinois and Your Tablet

If you’re a tablet owner and long-time user of our OverDrive eMediaLibrary ebook service, you’ve likely become an old pro at using the OverDrive Media Console app, but have you hit a stumbling block with eRead Illinois? It’s worth it to stick it out and make it work for you. The key is to stay focused on what you want to do, and not get distracted by all the other options. Remember that these services are set up to accommodate many different users on many different devices. Just look through the help materials and identify your device, and follow the specific instructions step-by-step.

One of the things that seems to throw people off is the option of choosing between the axisReader and Blio apps, which are available for both iOS and Android. Since most of the books are available for both apps, the choice is really up to you. It’s mostly about personal preference, but in our experience the axisReader app is most like the OverDrive app in its basic functionality, but the Blio app is better at displaying and interacting with graphic-intensive books, like children’s picture books, graphic novels, and cook books.

A special note to Kindle Fire users... Some of you have expressed reservations about having to allow your device to install non-Amazon apps. Having tried it, we can assure you there is nothing to fear, and you can reset your device to block further installations after you’ve finished. Remember your Kindle Fire is basically an Android device with an Amazon layer on top, so this process, known as “side loading,” is perfectly safe and poses little risk to your device. But if we haven’t convinced you, there should be an axisReader app available on the Amazon App Store very soon…

As usual, if you have any questions, stop by the Reference Desk, and we’ll be happy to help!

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