Lesson 8, Part 1: Library Digital Offerings – eBooks

Objective: Learn about eBooks

The library offers varying types of digital services. In the first part of this lesson we are going to talk about eBooks and eAudiobooks.


We also offer library-created guides which patrons can use for guidance while using our eBook services:




The word eBook is short for Electronic Book, but it should also be mentioned that not all eBooks were once in print and some may never be.

eBooks have actually been around for a lot longer then their recent popularity may indicate. Project Gutenberg was founded by Michael Hart in 1971 and many consider him the father of the eBook.  According to Hart, the mission of Project Gutenberg is “To encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks.”  As of 2014 Project Gutenberg offers over 45,000 free eBooks. Take a look at Project Gutenberg’s FAQs to get the full scope of what they do.

Project Gutenberg books are available for reading via OverDrive http://sanantonio.lib.overdrive.com/102B31F6-A69E-4DA7-BE15-7F73631AC56B/10/50/en/ZRPublicDomainCollection.htm


SAPL uses OverDrive as the vendor for eBook services. If you have not had the opportunity to check out OverDrive, this will be your chance.

Go to OverDrive’s webpage

  • Click on the Help icon
  • Go to OverDrive Help
  • Click on Getting Started
  • Read Steps 1-3

Below Step 3 you will find procedures for specific devices. These resources can be used to help patrons as the need arises. You may share these guides with patrons or use them yourself to learn more about troubleshooting OverDrive issues.


Please name this blog entry: Lesson 8 Part 1 Challenge

Go to OverDrive’s catalog, find two of the titles listed below and provide the following information in your blog post:

  • Formats the book is available in
  • How many copies the library owns
  • How many copies are available
  1. Nora Roberts – Chasing Fire
  2. Veronica Roth – Divergent
  3. David Perlmutter, MD – Grain Brain
  4. Joseph Delaney – Revenge of the Witch


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2 comments on “Lesson 8, Part 1: Library Digital Offerings – eBooks
  1. dprettyhair says:

    Learning Experience

  2. Ebooks are becoming very popular!

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