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Old 03-20-2010, 04:44 PM   #16
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@maggotb0y: I just recently got a Philly library card with intent to use their ebooks, and I have a question: How on earth do you find anything on their eBook site?

Their search appears to be seriously wedged. For example, I can't seem to search for "all downloadable fiction ebooks." Any suggestions or tips?

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Searching can be tricky. If I search for Horror I get 47 listings (Audiobook, and videos).

But if you use quotation marks "" as in "Prodigal Son" you may have better luck.

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Old 03-24-2010, 02:36 PM   #17
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To get the list of all fiction ebooks:
Start on their Digital media home page http://freelibrary.lib.overdrive.com
Click on eBooks by Genre
About halfway down the page find All eBook fiction click on Complete list...
That will take you to the list. Currently 1060 ebooks.
And that's working beautifully for me. Thanks!

I was somehow getting to their NetLibrary page, which is seriously deficient. The overdrive ebooks are far better organized.

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Old 04-05-2010, 04:46 PM   #18
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I finally got a response from the library about subscriptions for people outside the US. And the answer was yes! They would prefer you send them a check or money order, as opposed to cash, but it does have to be denominated in US dollars.

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Old 04-07-2010, 06:37 PM   #19
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I just got an email with my card number and a note saying my card was being mailed today.
I have about 100 books on my wishlist!
Thank you for the information!
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:43 PM   #20
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Old 04-15-2010, 12:49 AM   #21
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Quick question...when applying for a non-resident card with the Philadelphia Free Library, do you need to send them some form of ID?

When I applied for my non-resident NYPL card (not available anymore), they required me to send a copy of my driver's license along with my application and payment.

Thanks!
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Quick question...when applying for a non-resident card with the Philadelphia Free Library, do you need to send them some form of ID?

When I applied for my non-resident NYPL card (not available anymore), they required me to send a copy of my driver's license along with my application and payment.

Thanks!
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Woo, hoo! Just received an e-mail today with my library card number (dordale, during the entire application process no mention of needing any ID card). I had sent in my application and check about a month ago and was beginning to wonder. But now I am in business.

Wisconsin has a state wide e-book library, but the selection is small and much of that is Self Help and How To books. So this presents a great new resource. I've already located a complete collection of Kafka and Native Son. I wish more online library systems would open up to non-residents out in the 'boonies.' I don't mind paying a fee for it.
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Old 04-15-2010, 04:04 PM   #24
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How much is a subscription to those not in the local area?
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Old 04-15-2010, 04:31 PM   #25
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Received my email this morning from Free Library of Philadelphia. It took about 1.5 weeks from the time they received the application.

Jon, the Philly non-resident card costs $15 for one year. Not sure how renewals work yet.
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I finally got a response from the library about subscriptions for people outside the US. And the answer was yes! They would prefer you send them a check or money order, as opposed to cash, but it does have to be denominated in US dollars.

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Haven't read through the whole thread so this may have been brought up before. Does it strike anyone else as being slightly odd that in this electronic age, when the Philly Library probably knows that many of the out-of-area users are in it for the e-books, that you have to print out a form, and mail it in with payment? If you can file your income taxes electronically, it doesn't seem that getting a library card electronically would be all that big of a deal....
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Is this available for non-US residents who also aren't American citizens?
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Haven't read through the whole thread so this may have been brought up before. Does it strike anyone else as being slightly odd that in this electronic age, when the Philly Library probably knows that many of the out-of-area users are in it for the e-books, that you have to print out a form, and mail it in with payment? If you can file your income taxes electronically, it doesn't seem that getting a library card electronically would be all that big of a deal....
It is a big deal in that now they would have to take credit cards, which involves getting a merchant account and giving the credit card companies a cut. Since they only take check/money order, you need to mail it to them.

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Is this available for non-US residents who also aren't American citizens?
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