The other day someone asked if I still read "regular books." Have I become anti-paper with my new Kindle love? The answer to that is, look at the paper cuts on my fingers. I am a fan of reading, whether it's in book format or electronic. During my commute I use my Kindle because it's lighter to carry around, but I still love the feeling of a heavy book on my lap when I read in my apartment. When looking for material to read or download, I can now do all of my searching and downloading in New York Public Library's catalog. Thus my latest eReading searching tip: keep it simple, use one catalog.
When you go to the New York Public Library's website you can search for materials in the search box located in the top right hand corner. When your results show, you can narrow down your search on the left hand side by choosing Availability, Format, Audience, and when items were acquired by the library. Let's say you type in "Joyce Carol Oates." Click on format to see what items might be available to download electronically. If it's not available to download, then you have the option to place a hold or request in the paper format.
My other favorite way to search the catalog for eBooks is by using the Advanced Search, which is located directly underneath the Search button. Clicking this link will bring you to a form where you have multiple options to narrow down your search. After you type in your keywords (or author, title, subject, etc.), scroll down the page, where again, you can choose the format of the items that you're looking for. For example, try typing "biography" as a subject and choose the format "eBook." You will get a list of great biographies that are available to download right to your eReader. Another thing that's great about using the Library's catalog is that you can now download the item right away, rather than get directed to eNYPL. You can also view your eCheckouts and eHolds from My Account on the New York Public Library's website. One catalog for one-stop shopping! Or should I say borrowing?!
Whew, after all that searching, here's a list of some great biographies that are available to request and download through the New York Public Library's catalog.