eBooks! As a “real book” lover, I didn’t think I would enjoy reading on a gadget, but who knew eBooks could be so cool? I’ve been downloading eBooks and audiobooks from our library for several weeks now, and I’ve even bought one or two eBooks from Barnes & Noble. It really isn’t as confusing or as difficult as one might think—after all, even I managed it! So, what does one need to take advantage of our digital collection of eBooks, digital audiobooks, and music? You need a library card and a computer or iPhone, iPad, Android, or Blackberry. If you don’t want to read eBooks or listen to audiobooks or music on your computer or smart phone, you can side load (transfer) eBooks to an eReader, such as Nook or Sony eReader (Kindle is not coming on board until later this year) or transfer audiobooks and music to an mp3 player or iPod (Check the list for compatible devices). Notice, I said your own computer; you cannot download these digital items on public access computers at the library, and we do not have eReaders for checkout. To get started, you need to install the free software—Adobe Digital Editions for eBooks and Overdrive Console for audiobooks and music. Go to our website http://bcls.tsl.state.tx.us/mason, then click the Overdrive icon. A new page, “Big Country Digital,” will open. Look in the left-hand sidebar. You will see “Need Help? Get started Here.” Below are links to short tutorials that will guide you through the process, and down on the bottom, you’ll see links to Adobe Digital Editions and Overdrive Console. Follow the instructions to download the free software for your type of computer or device. Once you have the software on your computer, you are ready to browse through our holdings. Go back to our web page, click the Overdrive icon, and the “Big Country Digital” page will open. In the center pane, you will see lists of Audiobooks, eBooks, and Music. When you see the book you want, click on “Add to eBookBag” and “Proceed to check out.” Once you proceed to checkout, you will select our library from the dropdown list, type in your library card number, confirm checkout, and download. In a matter of seconds, the book will go into Adobe Digital Editions. Now you can read the book on your computer or side load to a compatible device, such as Nook. You will never have an overdue fine because when the checkout time is up, the eBook automatically is returned to the library. If you try to open it, you will not be able to read it. It has “expired,” and you will have only two choices: leave it or delete it. So, come on, don’t be afraid—give it a try!