Duke University Libraries and Ford Library at the Fuqua School of Business are excited to offer a new service that allows library users to download and enjoy popular eBooks and audiobooks on their own devices, including iPhones, iPads, NOOKs, Android phones and tablets, and Kindles.
The new service, called OverDrive, has hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, including best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more. We are adding new titles to Duke’s collection all the time.
Browse through the available titles, and check them out using your Duke NetID.
You can check out up to five (5) eBooks or audiobooks at one time.
Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period (21 days). There are no late fees!
eBooks can be read immediately on any device with an internet browser. Audiobooks can be streamed using the OverDrive Media Console app, which you can download for free on all major desktop and mobile platforms.
If a title is already checked out, you can place it on hold and request to be notified when it becomes available. You can place up to ten (10) titles on hold at a time.
If you don’t see a title you’re looking for, submit a request from any search page using the option. We’ll add requested titles to our wishlist and purchase them as funds become available.
Once you download a title, you can transfer it to your iPhone, iPad, NOOK, Android phone or tablet, or Kindle.
That’s it! Pretty simple.
In addition to hundreds of new and recently published books, you can also download tens of thousands of public domain classics as eBooks through OverDrive. Look for the “Project Gutenberg” link under Featured Collections.
We are in the process of adding to our initial selections in OverDrive, so we encourage you to submit recommendations through the site if there are eBooks or audiobooks you’d like to see available.
Feel free to request these titles for addition to a Kindle or nook for checkout from Perkins/Bostock library. Check out our e-reader’s page for directions on how to request titles for and check out eReaders form Perkins/Bostock Library. For all available titles loaded onto our Kindles, check out this title list. Recently added titles include Jeffery Eugenides’ The Marriage Plot, Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers and Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman.
The Duke University Libraries recognize that the format of the book, along with the content, plays an important role in the research process. The Libraries are committed to advocating for optimal e-book functionality in every phase of the research process. The guiding principle behind our E-Book Advocacy Statement is that e-books should have the described functionalities as an essential part of research support.
The Libraries are
exploring the complexity of the research process and how e-books fit within this process
learning from readers about their preferences
advocating to publishers on behalf of researchers’ needs
We want to know about your experiences with e-books. Please leave your comments below on when you use an e-book, when you prefer print, your desired functionalities, or other thoughts about how e-books fit, or don’t, into your research process.