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Old 08-26-2009, 09:49 AM   #1
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eBooks in Australian libraries

In my experience eBooks in Australia are a rare thing, but I was pleased to find recently that the ACT Library has a ebook library! http://ebooks.library.act.gov.au/
Has anyone in the ACT tried this out with a ereader (particularly with a Sony Reader, given that it uses Adobe PDF)?
Is anyone familiar with anything else like it in any other Australian library?
It's a real shame it is only available in the ACT...
(The Australian Capital Territory to Australia as is the District of Columbia is to the United States of America, only the ACT is more than 15 times larger and has a population of about 314000, about half the population.)

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Old 08-26-2009, 10:16 AM   #2
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The ACT eBook Library is powered by OverDrive. There are a few others in Australia - you can find a list here. None in Vic unfortunately.

Lots of universities also have digital collections (usually restricted to staff and students). Monash Uni has access to 'Ebook Library' which uses Adobe Digital Editions so should be compatible with some digital readers (or, with the help of i♥cabbages' script, any reader which supports PDFs ).
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The ACT eBook Library is powered by OverDrive. There are a few others in Australia - you can find a list here. None in Vic unfortunately.

Lots of universities also have digital collections (usually restricted to staff and students). Monash Uni has access to 'Ebook Library' which uses Adobe Digital Editions so should be compatible with some digital readers (or, with the help of i♥cabbages' script, any reader which supports PDFs ).
The Sony ebook library service uses OverDrive?
I won't be signing up to Monash Uni just to access a ebook library..
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The ACT eBook Library is powered by OverDrive. There are a few others in Australia - you can find a list here. None in Vic unfortunately.
If you check the listing for Brisbane you see that it is also run by the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Melbourne. SO that means Victorians should have access to it. They have also started to provide EPUB titles in their library. Interesting that they specifically state that they are Sony Reader compatible files in a banner when Sony haven't come to Australia yet.
They also don't have anywhere in their terms and conditions that this library is only available to people in local region like so many other libraries so maybe they will let me join from Newcastle.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:18 AM   #5
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The Sony ebook library service uses OverDrive?
I won't be signing up to Monash Uni just to access a ebook library..
Sony's eBook store doesn't use OverDrive but ePubs and PDFs from OverDrive libraries should work on the PRS-505. I don't think the PRS-500 supports ePubs but you can easily deDRM and format shift.

Many university libraries have visitor accounts for the public. I've no idea if these would allow access to eBook collections though.

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If you check the listing for Brisbane you see that it is also run by the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Melbourne. SO that means Victorians should have access to it.
Thanks for the pointer! I've applied for a library card which they say they'll post to me. Hopefully it wont require a drive across town to activate it considering I don't plan on borrowing any physical books from them.

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Old 08-31-2009, 04:26 AM   #6
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If you check the listing for Brisbane you see that it is also run by the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Melbourne. SO that means Victorians should have access to it. They have also started to provide EPUB titles in their library. Interesting that they specifically state that they are Sony Reader compatible files in a banner when Sony haven't come to Australia yet.
They also don't have anywhere in their terms and conditions that this library is only available to people in local region like so many other libraries so maybe they will let me join from Newcastle.
Did you give it a go, and did you have any luck?
I'm in NSW too..
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:57 AM   #7
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Three or four years ago, April, my own wee publishing house took over ebook publishers Jacobyte Books in Melbourne, so we have many Australian authors and books with a distinctly OZ touch. Pop into www.bewrite.net and take your pick. Drop me an email of what you want and I'll be more than happy to send the book/s over as email attachments free of charge. It's a fair swap for all the advice I'm getting here at MR. Cheers. Neil

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Old 05-27-2010, 09:38 AM   #8
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If you check the listing for Brisbane you see that it is also run by the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Melbourne. SO that means Victorians should have access to it. They have also started to provide EPUB titles in their library.
I am a member of Yarra Plenty Regional Library. I live outside the catchment zone (but still in Melbourne). I have just checked out a couple of ebooks - one epub and one pdf - to my Windows PC. No problems.

A quick flick through the catalog shows they have at least 1200 ebooks available.

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well I'm also in NSW (just south of Newcastle) I have noticed that Ashfield in Sydney has epub books and you don't have to live in the area.

http://elibrary247.lib.overdrive.com...en/Default.htm

SO next time I'm in Ashfield I might pop in and sign up, just to give it a try :-)
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:29 PM   #10
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Hi all,

I'm a member of the ACT Library and have always been an avid borrower but am now also using their 'eBook' and 'audiobook' lending service. Probably more for the audiobooks as my daughter it quite taken with the concept of having books on her iPod. I have been listening to Ellis Peters and don't think you ever get too old to have a story read to you!

The few books I've borrowed have been quick to download and are duely selfdeleted at the due date - you get a choice of 14 or 21 days borrowing. They also only lend out a certain number at a time so I have had to wait for a couple of titles which seems a funny construct.

My brother works in the mining industry and he is looking to join this sort of library so reading this thread I am amazed that there has been so little uptake for the idea in Australia and will try to get him into my local library!

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Old 06-06-2010, 11:58 PM   #11
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My mum is in the Caboolture region. i wonder if I can borrow on her account.

It only seems to have audio files

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Melbourne City Library is also running OverDrive. Unfortunately I can't register from overseas . I'll have to register next time I go home.
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Audio books only.
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Old 06-08-2010, 07:49 AM   #14
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Melbourne City Library is also running OverDrive. Unfortunately I can't register from overseas . I'll have to register next time I go home.
As mentioned earlier Yarra Plenty Library has OverDrive eBooks. While I live 30km away, I visit the area and their libraries pretty regularly. They let me sign up when I visited one of the branches, no questions whatsoever about the distance.

Last year I emailed the Canberra library, they said I could only sign up if I was an ACT resident or regularly visited.
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Melbourne City Library is now offering ebooks. Until recently they only offered audio books.
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