Library eBook Testing

Christchurch City Council Library eBook Testing Report
Written 2011-04-08

Since this report I have not borrowed any ebooks from a library

Hardware: Kobo (original)
LG Android Smartphone

Previously I got two ebooks at Beckenham library successfully.
1/ Dick Francis – 10-lb Penalty
2/ Fiona Kidman – The Captive Wife

Because they were not checked out on my computer I can’t see a way of ‘returning’ the books.

I wasn’t sure what the point was of ‘returning’ the ebook so borrowed ‘The Fry Chronicles’. This turns out to be a 14 meg file – lots of pictures.

After borrowing the book, I immediately returned it.

The epub file stays on the computer but doesn’t appear in Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). Copied the file to the Kobo to find that the content was locked.

Second try (Crossfire by Dick Francis)
Note – when downloading it’s important to have the Kobo plugged in then get ADE running. ADE will recognize the reader.
Don’t save the file or use a download manager but load it directly
into ADE. Once downloaded, switch to ‘Library View’. Highlight the
book description and drag it onto the ‘KOBOeReader’ icon. This will
copy the eBook to the device.

So I don’t have problems getting books for my Kobo but haven’t bothered to try the Android Smartphone. The Overdrive Android App is not very intuitive and you can only read books within the app. The app is very basic and doesn’t have much in the way
of altering the formatting of an eBook.

The best eBook reading app for Android is ‘Aldiko’. It can override the default fonts, margins, alignment etc in an ebook.

With the Kobo, when buying or borrowing DRM books you are at the mercy of the ebook designer as to margins, line spacing, paragraph indents etc.

Here are a few podcasts that cover the subject of eBooks:

http://ebookninjas.com/
Podcast by the guys from ebookarchitects.com. Can get very
technical about how to make ebooks but also covers general news and events.

http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/
Although mainly for American users with a kindle, this covers
general topics and has an interview.

http://www.dragonpage.com/
Mainly covers SciFi & Fantasy genres. News discussions,interviews
with authors and book reviews. One of the longest running book
related podcast, it has covered eBooks for several years.
Features author Michael Stackpole.

News Sites

News


Moderated site about publishing news from around the world.

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/
News and discusion about current issues.

Nigel Baker 2011-04-18