Maine InfoNet (and through them the Minerva consortium) received a grant in late 2008 to offer libraries everywhere in the state the opportunity to provide their members a way to check out downloadable audio books. The grant paid for the configuration and license fees for three years and for one year of maintenance fees. Libraries that joined the project (which included Curtis) were asked to pay an annual fee to purchase content. In late 2010 e-books were added to the downloadable collection as well.
This project provides online access to downloadable audio books through OverDrive and downloadable e-books via Adobe Digital editions. Library members are able to checkout downloadable digital content via the Internet for free, 24/7, from a statewide collection, utilizing digital copyright protection technologies. Audio books can be downloaded in full or in segments, burned to a CD (where permitted by publisher) and/or transferred to hundreds of supported audio devices such as MP3 Players, IPods (where permitted by publisher) or Zune players. E-books can be downloaded and transferred to many e-readers.
Check in the Services section for information on how to download your first book!
Don’t have an e-reader? Would you like to try one out? Curtis Library has an assortment of e-readers that you may borrow.