What does "eBook format" and "audiobook format" mean?
Last Updated: Jun 01, 2017     Views: 39

What does "eBook format" and "audiobook format" mean?

Books and sound recordings have to be translated into strings of numbers (or "digits") in order for computers and devices to understand them. This is why eBooks and downloadable audiobooks are also called "digital books."  

Devices talk to the Internet - and to each other - in specific patterns and sequences, sort of like electronic languages.  These electronic languages are called "formats."  A print book might be available in German, Russian or English, depending on the language you speak.  A digital book, however, needs to be in a language your device speaks in order to download.

 

So which format is best?  

It depends on the type of device you have. To get library digital books, you will need an app that is designed to work with your device.  The app will protect copyright, and also tell your device how to download books, and how the books should look or sound on your device.

(Learn more about specific eBook and audiobook formats.) 

 

Which eBook and audiobook formats does the library use?

Our OverDrive eBook and MP3 audiobook collection requires this app.  (Learn more about OverDrive here.)  OverDrive has digital books in these formats:

 

Our OneClick digital collection requires the OneClick app.  (Learn more about OneClick and the OneClick app here.)  It has eBooks and audiobooks in these formats:

  • OneClick EPUB
  • OneClick MP3 audio

 

Still have questions about eBooks and downloadable audiobooks?  Contact us!

Last Updated: Jun 01, 2017     Views: 39

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