Freading is a new feature offering ebook downloads to library cardholders at the Athens County Public Libraries. Like the Ohio Digital Library, Freading offers checkout of ebooks for two weeks.
With Freading there are no waiting lists. All titles on Freading are available all the time as long as you have enough tokens to check it out.
Tokens are Freading’s virtual currency that are exchanged for eBook downloads. At the start of each week, on Monday mornings, you are given 5 download tokens.
Each eBook download costs between 1 and 4 tokens (a value chosen by the book’s publisher). In most cases, the newest books and most popular books cost 4 tokens, with less recent and classic books costing less.
Unused tokens roll over each week for four weeks. At the end of four weeks, unused tokens are removed and a new four week period of rollover begins. Your current number of tokens appears in the upper right hand corner of the page once you’ve logged in.
Check out eBooks for two weeks
Freading eBooks check out for two weeks at a time. You can extend the loan period for another two weeks by visiting the book’s page on the Freading site and clicking Download again. While some renewals cost 1 token, most renewals are free.
Ebooks can be downloaded to your computer using Adobe Digital Editions software or a variety of devices including:
- Kindle Fire *
- Barnes & Noble Nook
- Apple iPad and iPhone
- Most Android-based tablets and smartphones
- Kobo eReader
- Sony Reader
A free Adobe Digital Editions account is required. Adobe Digital Editions is a software program that manages your downloads and helps to transfer eBooks to many devices. To use Adobe Digital Editions, you’ll need a Windows or Mac computer or laptop that meets Adobe’s system requirements.
Freading apps for your digital device
* Instructions for installing the Freading app on the Kindle Fire can be found in the Freading FAQ under “How do I get the Freading App on the Kindle Fire?”