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eBook Frequently Asked Questions

What is an eBook / digital book?

It is a digital version of a print title that can be downloaded to your PC, laptop, tablet, or Smartphone. To read digital books, you need to install the Blio free reader software. Once you’ve done that, you can enjoy digital books without being connected to the Internet.

Do I have to pay for this service?

No, all you need is your Orange Public Library card number and PIN (8-digit birthdate)

How do I get started?

It’s easy! Step-by-step directions for working with digital books are available here.  A good starting point is the “Magic Wall” link.

What eBook Readers are compatible with Blio?

Compatible devices include the Kindle Fire, Apple iPad/iPod/iTouch, Android, Nook, Kobo, and Sony eReader.  Information for each device is available here.

How long can I keep an eBook?

EBooks can be held for two weeks (14 days).  They are then “returned” automatically to the library and removed from your device.

Can I renew eBooks?

Titles cannot be renewed, but you can check them out again after they expire if they are still available. 

How do I put an eBook on Hold?

From the "Magic Wall" page, click on the "Help" button in the top left corner of the page.  Next, click on the "Go to Main Help Menu" button in the lower right corner.  Then click on the third link from the bottom, which reads "Placing a book on Hold".  Follow the instructions located there.

How do I search for an eBook?

The easiest way is to search through this "Magic Wall" page.

How do I limit my search to only show eBooks that are currently available?

From the "Magic Wall" page, click on the "List View" tab near the top right hand side of the page.  Next, click on the "Available Now" link on the left hand side of the page.  This will list eBooks that are currently available.

How do I return an eBook early?

All Apple, Windows and Android devices using the Blio formatClick Here.
All Nook, Kobo, and Sony eReaders using the ePub/PDF formatClick Here.

Who do I call if I need help?

During Library hours you can call the Adult Reference Desk (714-288-2410) and ask a Librarian for assistance.

Why doesn’t the library have the title I want?

All books are not yet available for eReaders at this time.  Also, budgetary restrictions prevent OPL from ordering all new titles as they are published. 

Can I recommend a title for purchase?

A Suggestion/Hold form can be filled out at the Library’s Reference desk for any title.  This will be passed on for consideration for future purchase.

Can I lend an eBook to someone else?

While some eReaders do allow users to ‘lend’ books to others, this is not allowed on eBooks borrowed from OPL.  You can, however, recommend our eBooks to your friends and they can place the book on Hold for themselves.

Are there other free eBook sites available?

Yes, click here to see a list of free eBook sites compiled by the library.

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