How to use Freading
Freading eBook Collection
Freading is one of the Library's eBook collections. eBooks are available in ePub and/or PDF format.
How it Works
Freading eBook service works with a token system. Tokens are a virtual currency that you exchange for eBook downloads. Library customers have a weekly allotment of 4 tokens. When you choose a book, the amount of tokens shown on the book cover is deducted from your account.
Unused tokens will roll over for a four-week (Monday-Sunday) period.
At the end of the fourth week, unused rolled-over tokens are removed from your account. Your current weekly allotment, however, is not lost.
The rolling-over process then starts again for another four-week cycle.
There are three different token costs of a book. Downloads cost 4, 2 or 1 token(s) depending on the value assigned by the publisher. In general, the token value is based on how new a book is. In some cases though, a publisher may use different criteria (such as popularity) to assign the value.
In most cases, newly published books are 4 tokens. After time, they drop to
2 tokens and then 1 token.
What Do I Need?
For Mobile Use
- Adobe ID (to activate app)
- Mobile application
Loan Periods & Renewals
Each eBook has an initial loan period of 2 weeks.
You can extend the loan period by another 2 weeks by going back to the website and hitting the download button again. You will see that the token value on the book cover (for the renewal) is decreased from the initial loan's token value. Some renewals are free.
While not a comprehensive listing, the following are compatible with the Freading eBook service:
- Windows or Mac computer/laptop
With transfer from computer/laptop:
- Barnes & Noble Nook devices
- Kobo eReader devices
- Sony eReader devices
With the download and use of an app:
- iPad and iPhone (free Freading app in the App Store)
- Kobo Vox (Freading app is in the GetJar app store)
- Kindle Fire only (see Freading website FAQs for set-up information)
- Most Android-based tablets and phones (free Freading app in the Play Store)
- Acer/Asus/Motorola/Samsung/Sony/Toshiba tablets