Ebook FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about ebooks and digital collections at DCDL.  If you do not find the answer that you need, please ask a librarian.

What is an ebook?

Most simply, ebook is short for electronic book, a digital file containing text and images that can be viewed on a computer or electronic reading device.  Frequently, the term ebook is also used to refer to digital audiobooks that are played on a computer or portable audio device.

How can I get free ebooks?

DCDL library card holders may download free ebooks from Ohio Digital Library and Axis 360.   In addition, card holders looking for classics in audio format should also try One Click Digital. Finally, you can find older, public domain titles and classic works at Project Gutenberg and LibriVox (audio).  These free websites do not require a library card.  Note: If you also have a library card from Columbus Metropolitan Library or another Franklin County library, you can use it to borrow ebooks through Digital Downloads.

What do I need to borrow ebooks from the library?

All you need is a valid library card and a computer or device with Internet access.

What is the Ohio Digital Library?

Overdrive eBooksOhio Digital Library is a consortium of Ohio public libraries that provides free ebooks, audiobooks, music, and video to library patrons.  Each individual library purchases titles to add to the collection, which is shared among patrons of all of the libraries in the group.

What is available from the Ohio Digital Library?

The Ohio Digital Library offers ebooks, audiobooks, music and video in a variety of electronic formats from Overdrive, a leading provider of ebooks to libraries.  These can be used on a personal computer as well as many popular portable devices including Kindle, Nook, iPad, Android, and more.  For a complete list of compatible devices, visit Overdrive’s Device Resource Center

How do I get Overdrive ebooks onto my device?

You can find detailed instructions for a wide variety of devices at Overdrive Help.  If you prefer face to face assistance, please visit any of our locations and speak to a librarian.  Feel free to bring your device with you. 

What are the rules for borrowing from the Ohio Digital Library?

    • You may check out up to 10 titles at one time with your library card.
    • The lending period is 21 days.
    • You do not have to return your checked out items.  They will expire automatically on the due date.
    • You cannot renew an item, but you may check out the same title again if it is still available after the lending period has expired.

 What are Axis 360 Books?

Axis 360 eBooksAxis 360 is a separate collection of ebooks purchased by DCDL especially for our patrons.  They are borrowed with a DCDL library card through the Axis 360 site.

 What software or apps do I need to read Axis 360 ebooks?

This depends on the format that you choose to check out and the type of device that you will be reading on.  Axis 360 ebooks come in three formats: EPUB, PDF, and Blio.  To read EPUB or PDF ebooks on a computer you will need Adobe Digital Editions software. Adobe Digital Editions will also allow you to transfer ebooks to a Nook, Sony Reader, or Kobo. To read EPUB or PDF ebooks on an Apple iOS or Android device you will need the Axis Reader app. To read full-color, feature-rich Blio ebooks you will need the Blio reader for Windows, Android, or iOS. You can get free downloads of Adobe Digital Editions, Axis Reader, and Blio from the App Zone at the Axis 360 site.

How do I borrow and download Axis 360 ebooks?

1. Click on the Axis 360 eBooks icon on our web site's home page.

2.Log in with your library card number and PIN. If you are a new user, you create your PIN (4-digit number) the first time you log in.  Remember to record your PIN for future reference or use something that is familiar to you, such as the last four digits of your phone number.  At this time you will also be prompted to choose a user name and enter your email address. 

3.If you do not already have Axis Reader, Blio, or Adobe Digital Editions follow the link to the App Zone. Axis Reader is available for iOS and Android. Blio is available for Windows, iOS and Android. The first time you open Blio, you will need to create a Blio account with an email address and password.  Both the Adobe Digital Editions software and the Axis Reader app will require authorization with an Adobe ID, which you can create for free at Adobe.com.

4.Back at the Axis 360 site, you can see featured items on the "Magic Wall," browse by subject area, or search for specific titles or authors. When you check out an ebook, it will download to your computer or device and be available for viewing in Blio Reader, Adobe Digital Editions, or Axis Reader depending on the format that you have chosen.


What are the lending rules for Axis 360 ebooks?

    • You may check out up to 5 titles at one time with your library card.
    • The lending period is 21 days, but you may shorten this to as few as 5 days during the checkout process.
    • You do not have to return your checked out items.  They will expire automatically on the due date.
    • You cannot renew an item, but you may check out the same title again if it is still available after the lending period has expired.

What is Zinio?

Zinio is a digital magazine collection that allows you to check out and read complete, full color, current issues of your favorite magazines on your computer, tablet , or mobile device.

What magazines are available through Zinio?

ZinioThe library subscribes to a variety of popular titles.  Check out the library's Zinio collection page.  New issues are released simultaneously with the print edition of each title.  There are no holds, due dates, or limits to how many you may have.

How do I use Zinio?

    • Visit the library’s Zinio collection pageand browse/search for the magazine that you wish to check out.
    • Click on the magazine of your choice.  You will be prompted to create a new account.  You will need to enter your library card number, name, and email address.  Returning Zinio users will simply sign in with their email and password.  Confirm your title and complete the checkout process.
    • Once you have checked out  a magazine, your browser will go to Zinio.com and prompt you to sign in.  Here you create a Zinio account or sign into an existing account.  You will have created two accounts, a library collection account that allows you to check out magazines and a Zinio account that allows you to read your magazines. You may use the same password for both accounts.
    • When you are signed into Zinio.com, all of the magazines that you have checked out will be displayed on your reading list.  You may keep these magazines for as long as you like and there is no limit to the number that you may have checked out.
    • If you are on a computer connected to the Internet, click on the cover of a magazine to read it online.  If you have a tablet or mobile device, download and install the free Zinio Reader app.  Links to the available apps are found at the bottom of the library’s Zinio collection page.  The Zinio app is for viewing only.  You must use a web browser to locate and check out magazines with your account.  When you use the app on your tablet or mobile device to read a magazine, you are downloading that magazine to the device and may access it offline until you choose to remove it.