Baker & Taylor sells the Library eBooks through a service named Axis 360. Use the Blio application to read eBooks and the Magic Wall to find eBooks for checkout and holds.
Blio is the name of the app where you read checked out books on your tablet, smartphone or PC. It is not currently available for Mac. The Blio app is free. It's also possible to purchase books (not affiliated with the Library) through the Blio app. Download Blio now »
There is no Blio app (for reading eBooks) available for Mac. But Mac users can check out eBooks on the Magic Wall using a Mac. The eBook will then sync to your tablet or smartphone.
The Blio app works well on Android and iOS/Apple tablets and smartphone. On traditional eReaders (E Ink), you may read eBooks on devices that support EPUB files. Library staff have found that most Nook, Sony and Kobo devices work as well as the Kindle Fire.
See this explanation of the cost versus ease of use of most popular tablets. It also includes a helpful explanation of commonly used terms.
It depends on the type of Kindle. E Ink Kindles will not be able to view the Library’s titles. Kindle Fire tablets will be able to view eBooks using the Blio app but have some special instructions.
We wish. Not all publishers are selling eBooks to libraries. While the Library will have a great selection of eBooks, there are a significant number of titles that the Library cannot buy as an eBook. For example, not all the New York Times Bestsellers will be available for the Library to buy in an eBook format. Patrons can buy some eBook titles directly from publishers (e.g. through Blio, Amazon or BN.com) which are not being sold to libraries. The Johnson County Library eBook collection includes fiction, non-fiction and children's eBooks. This collection will focus on popular titles at first. As the collection grows, older titles may be purchased as well as titles available from local authors and independent publishers.Check out this comparison from Douglas County Library (Colo.) for a table of popular titles which are and are not available for purchase and the related costs.
All titles will be listed in the Library catalog. Patrons can also browse all eBook titles owned by the Library on the Magic Wall.
First-time users, follow the instructions for your device. Returning users, find a title that interests you and select check out. It will appear in your Blio app.
Six books may be checked out at a time on a Library card for three weeks. It's possible to make the checkout period shorter if you won't need it that long. When the eBook expires it will no longer be accessible on the device.
Yes! It's easy to place a hold on an unavailable title. We caution against placing too many holds since you can only have six titles checked out at a time. When the hold is available for checkout, you will receive a notification e-mail.
eBooks may not be renewed. Even if no one else is waiting, access to the book will expire. You may then return to the website and re-check out the title or place another hold on it.
Yes! Return early within the Blio app. Quick instructions: iPhone/iPad App | Android App | Kindle Fire App | PC App
The access to the book expires, but the title is still listed on your device until you delete it. You can either delete each title or use it as a way to track your reading history.
Yes. You may use an app called Bluefire to read an EPUB on iPhone or iPad.Step-by-step instructions:
Yes. Library staff will offer classes beginning in January. Please register online. Before you arrive, make sure that you have your Library card number (in good standing) and PIN. Bring your own device and learn how to get Library eBooks!
No, these messages come from Blio. You may opt out of these messages by selecting unsubscribe at the bottom of the e-mail.
This error indicates that someone else has authorized a previous version of ADE. When the new one is installed, it doesn’t erase the previous authorization. To de-authorize, hold down <CTRL>+<SHIFT>+<D>. Click ‘De-authorize’, then re-login with your credentials.
Blio requires iOS5 or higher. To upgrade from iOS4, follow the instructions from Apple.
There is a compatibility issue with older browsers, particularly Internet Explorer. If you can't see any books on the Magic Wall and you're using IE, turn off compatibility mode:
The problem may be that the Nook SimpleTouch still has some old Adobe Digital Editions information on it, preventing authentication for the Library's eBooks. To erase the old Adobe authentication:
Please, don't hesitate to visit us at one of our 13 locations or contact us. We are happy to help.
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