Digital Device Roundup

tablets

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season.  From the increase in questions about devices at the Reference desk, it appears e-readers and tablets were among the most popular gifts this season.  As you may know, the library offers downloadable e-books and audiobooks for use on computers, smartphones, and other digital devices.  As a general rule, if your device has a color display, the process for downloading items involves installing an app on your device.  The procedure for downloading to black & white devices varies by device (details in links below).

If you received a digital device for the holidays, or if you just want to learn more about them before you buy, read on for links to some of helpful information sources.

1.  iPad
About.com’s blog on all things iPad
Apple’s support site for iPad
iPad Academy
iPad for Dummies
Downloading library books to your iPad

2. Android Tablets (Google Nexus, Galaxy Tab, ASUS Transformer Pad, etc.)
Android 4.0 User Manual
How to use Android 4 tablets – basics (video)
Nexus Help
Nexus 7 for Dummies
Samsung Galaxy Tab for Dummies
Downloading library books to your Android tablet

3. Kindle Fire(s)
Amazon’s Kindle Support Page
Kindle Fire Tutorial Videos
Kindle Fire for Dummies
Downloading library books to your Kindle Fire

4. Other Kindles
Amazon’s Kindle Support Page
Kindle for Dummies
Downloading library books to your black & white Kindle
OverDrive Video Tutorials for Kindle

5. Nook Tablets (Color, HD, HD+)
Barnes & Noble Nook Support Page
Nook Tablet for Dummies
Nook Tablet Videos
Downloading library books to your Nook Tablet

6. Other Nooks
Barnes & Noble Nook Support Page
Nook eReader for Dummies
Nook Simple Touch Videos
Downloading library books to your Nook

7. Microsoft Surface
Unboxing the Microsoft Surface (video)
Microsoft Surface for Dummies
OverDrive Holiday Gadget Close-Up – Microsoft Surface
Downloading library books to your Microsoft Surface (Windows Phone App)

Do you have a gadget not listed here that you need help with?  Let me know in the comments, and I will be happy to add resources to this post.

Happy e-reading!

More About Dropbox

dropbox

After I wrote my previous post about uses for Dropbox, I found a great article by the folks at MakeUseOf that explains how to host a website using Dropbox.  It is titled, appropriately, How to Host a Simple Website Using Dropbox.  Here at the library, I often get asked how to setup a basic website.  It’s great to have another tool to share with patrons.  I haven’t tried this method myself, so I’d be interested to hear about your experience if you have used Dropbox to host your website.