eBooks that are available for purchase or loan can be downloaded on the spot. If you can download titles to a reader or portable device, you can carry your library with you. Often other features are available such as searching, getting definitions, and making notes within the text.
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We are not aware of a single device that lets you buy (or borrow) eBooks from any store (or Library) of your choice. Why is this so? Visit the Pattern Recognition site if you really want to know all of the technical details.
In January, 2011, the Selco regional library system went live with a collection of current and popular fiction and nonfiction, including books for children and teens. These are available through OverDrive, which enables you to borrow eBooks with your library card just as you do other materials. Find more information on the Free eBooks page.
Consumer Reports has rated devices. If you have an Owatonna Public Library card you can go to our subscription at ConsumerReports.org, enter your card number, and search for "e-book readers" (without quotes) in the search box at the top of the screen. Use their spelling of "e-book" and you will see the information pop up immediately. Print copies of Consumer Reports are also available at Owatonna Public Library.