Ebooks and Audiobooks
The Library offers a range of ebooks and audiobooks, listed below are our ebook providers and frequently asked questions about ebooks.
BookLink is an audiobook app for print disabled New Zealanders. It contains 11000 audiobooks and over 70 local and national newspapers. The collection includes books by popular authors including Lee Child, JoJo Moyes, Maeve Binchy and David Baldacci as well as a large number of New Zealand titles.
BookLink works on Apple devices, including iPhones 4S and later, iPads and the latest iPod Touch. It has been designed to be easy to use for people with a print disability.
The app is free to use, but you do need to register at this site: http://blindfoundation.org.nz/members/library/Associate-member-library and you will be prompted to provide proof of print disability, which is a registration requirement. Once you are registered, the link to install BookLink is: https://apps.blindfoundation.org.nz/booklink/
If you have any questions, or require help to get started please call 0800 24 33 33 or email email@example.com
Library staff can help you with sign up, app set-up and downloading books to get you listening to the Blind Foundation’s great collection
What is an Ebook? An Ebook is a digital format of a book and is usually in a PDF or ePUB file format.
What is an Audiobook? An Audiobook is an mp3 or WMA file – the item record shows what device they are playable on. If you are using the mobile platform, they will not be available for download if your device is not compatible.
What can you read or listen them on? You can read an Ebook from the Upper Hutt City Library’s collection on an Ebook reader (like a Kobo), mobile device, or PC/Laptop. Unfortunately Amazon Kindles are not compatible with our suppliers. A list of compatible devices is available on the Overdrive website.
Will I have to download software? In most cases for mobile devices, Overdrive Media Console will be the preferred app, and this is free from the app stores. You will need to create an Overdrive account, authorise it by clicking a verification link sent to you by email.
If you are using Wheeler’s their preferred app is ePlatform, available through app stores.
Depending on your device you may have to download Adobe Digital Editions, from www.adobe.com or the device’s authorised programme (e.g Sony Reader software) to your PC/Laptop.
What is DRM? DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. DRM is encryption technology used to protect the copyright of titles lent to library members. The DRM stops a title from being shared, copied, printed and is required by the publishers who provide the titles.
What is the issue period? Ebooks/Audiobooks from ePukapuka (OverDrive) and Wheelers can be issued for a 14 or 21 day issue period.
How many can I borrow? You can borrow up to 10 ebooks from ePukapuka or Wheelers at any one time.
Does it cost? Titles are free to borrow, and there are no overdue charges as books are automatically returned.
What happens when the issue period is up? Titles will expire automatically on your device, and then can be deleted. If you finish an ebook, you can return it early using your device or app.
Can I request ebooks? Yes. Titles can be requested and you will be emailed when the title is available. (You cannot request a title you have on loan).
Why can’t I issue an ebook or audiobook? If you have fees and charges on your library card over $15 you will not be able to borrow. You will need to come in to the Library to pay your account.