Freading is located on the "My Digital Library" page of the HMCPL website (hmcpl.org). Just log in with your library card number and PIN.
The Adobe Digital Editions software will limit your access to each ebook for a 2 week initial period. You can extend the loan period for one 2 week period by going back to the book display on the website and hitting the download button again. You will see that the token value has decreased since the initial loan. Most renewals are free.
How they work:
Apple: The Apps functionality is to store and read the book. You must use the Safari browser to download a Freading eBook.
Android: You can use the App to download and read a book.
It takes a few extra steps to get the Freading application on the Kindle Fire, but once it is set up,most users report that it is easy to use. (Please note: on some versions of the Kindle Fire users are warned that loading applications this way is less private and there is a risk of “unexpected behavior”.)
Note: If the popup does not appear automatically for the GetJar app when you first visit the website (m.getjar.com) you can manually download it by clicking any of the apps on the screen. After this, proceed with step 5.
Make sure you have an account with Adobe Digital Editions (a software that both reads and stores your ebooks-sort of like Itunes does with music).
Computer & eReader users "open" rather than "save" the file when downloading eBooks
Apple App users will use your device's Safari browser to download the eBook into the app, rather than from within the app. Android App users can download from with the app
The most popular devices that are compatible with Freading eBooks are:
All mobile device users will need an Adobe ID in order to activate their Freading app for use. If users do not already have an Adobe ID, they can create an ID by visiting the Adobe website .
eReader users (Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo) will also need an Adobe ID in order to utilize the Adobe® Digital Editions software on their PC. Adobe Digital Editions is a software program similar to iTunes in that it manages downloads and stores the eBooks on your PC. The Freading eBook site can tell you whether the Adobe Digital Editions software is on your computer. You can follow the link on the Freading homepage to download the Adobe Digital Editions software for free.
Tokens are a virtual currency that you use to exchange for downloads. Your library gives you a weekly allotment which appears in the upper right hand corner of the home page after you login. When you choose a book, the amount of tokens labeled on the book is deducted from your account.
There are three different token costs of a book, downloads cost 4, 2 or 1 token depending on the value assigned by the publisher. In most cases newly published books are 4 tokens, then after a time period they drop to 2, and then after another time period they drop to 1. So in general, the token value is based on how new a book is. In some cases though, a publisher may have chosen a different criteria such as popularity.
Unused tokens roll over each week for a four week period, a week being defined as a Monday to Sunday period of seven days, beginning at 12:01AM Monday, New York time, and going to midnight on Sunday. At the end of the fourth week from the time you first logged in, unused tokens are cleaned out of your account, except for your original weekly allotment. The rolling over process then starts all over again, as a new four week cycle has begun. Your subscribing library decides the amount of tokens that users will have in their weekly allotment.
To use a Nook eReader or a Nook Color with Freading you'll need a computer with Adobe Digital Editions installed and authorized with an Adobe ID.
With Digital Editions opened on the computer, connect the Nook to the computer with the USB cable that came with the Nook. Once connected, Digital Editions will recognize the device and ask if you would like to authorize the Nook with the same Adobe ID as the computer. Select "Yes", and you will see the Nook appear as a bookshelf in Digital Editions.
Now, when you download a book from Freading and open it into Digital Editions you will be able to drag it onto the Nook.