Notice from Library Ideas about the Freading app -
We will be upgrading the Freading app and experience. The primary change will be eliminating the need to sign-up for an Adobe Digital Editions Account – a process many have found cumbersome and confusing.
We will be moving to a Single Sign On method which is currently used by many of your trusted vendors. New users will be able to establish an account with an email address of any kind and a password. When they use the website or mobile app for the first time, they will be asked for their library card number and PIN. Once that information has been entered, they will be able to enjoy Freading books seamlessly without having to sign-up separately with Adobe. Existing Freading users will be asked to create a Freading account with an email and password one time, and then they can proceed as before.
The upgrade will cause no interruption in service. Clear, on-screen instructions on the new process will be provided for your patrons.
To make this transition as smooth as possible, we will need a little time for testing to ensure we have everything working exactly as it needs to. We have set a Go Live date of September 14, 2021.
PC/Mac computers will need Adobe Digital Editions. The Freading App is available for Android and iOS devices. If you are using a Kindle Fire/Fire HD the Freading App is available with additional steps to install. Kindle Fire users must side load the Freading app.
Freading Instructions New User
Go to https://ocls.freading.com/index and click the Sign In button in the top right
On the right, under the Sign Up form, click Verify your account
You will be redirected to your library's page where you will enter your library card number and PIN and hit submit.
You will then be redirected back to the Freading page where you will enter your email address and create a password. The minimum password length is 8 characters and must contain:
at least 1 lowercase letter
1 capital letter
1 special character
After entering your email address and creating your password, click the Sign Up button.
You will be sent an email where you will need to verify the email address.
Once you have verified the email address you will be able to sign in with your email address and the password you created.
Using an Internet browser, visit https://ocls.freading.com/index.
Login using your Library Card Number and PIN.
Browse the collection for an ebook.
Click on the eBook cover and select the Download epub link below the cover.
A dialog box will appear. Click the OK button to proceed with the download. NOTE: if you are using a Safari on a Mac, you will have to open the Downloads folder and double-click on the eBook file to open it.
The eBook will open in Adobe Digital Editions. You can enjoy the eBook on your computer.
If you would like to transfer Freading eBooks to your eReader, start by connecting your eReader to your computer.
Adobe Digital Editions will recognize the device the first time you plug it in. Go through the setup assistant to activate your eReader.
On the top left corner of the screen, click on the Library View Option. The eReader icon will appear on the left panel of the screen.
Drag the eBook from the borrowed items list and drop it on top of the device's icon. The eBook will be transferred to your device.
Freading at a Glance
Titles are always available- no holds, no waiting list.
Freading has a weekly limit and a rolling four week limit.
The weekly limit is 6 loans (Monday-Sunday).
Titles check out for 2 weeks.
You cannot return books early.
No Kindle format for Kindle eReaders.
Freading says Kindle Fire is compatible. Kindle Fire users must sideload the Freading app.
Slideme is the easiest way to get the Freading® app for your Kindle Fire.
Make sure you have enabled "Download from unknown sources" in the device settings. This is different depending on the model of Kindle Fire. In general this is done by:
Opening your notifications bar.
Select "More" to go to your device's settings.
Slide bar to ON for "Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources".
You will now be able to download the Freading® app.
Go to https://m.slideme.org and type "Freading" in the search box
Click on the "Freading" icon and you will be led to a page where you can download the app.
Click the button that reads "Download" located right above the app's description.
The application will download, but will not install automatically. Once the file downloads, look for a notification indicating there has been a download. Typically this will display in the notification bar at the top of the screen, and you will be able to drag down from the top to view the recent downloads. If you do not see it here, please look under "My Downloads" within your browser. You will be able to find this within your browser's menu.
Tap the download, and this will begin the installation process.
Once installed, you will need to authenticate your app with an Adobe ID. You will be able to do this by clicking the menu button within the app and selecting "My Account."
You are now ready to use the app. Source:Freading FAQs.
Open the app and tap icon "Get Books."
Browse the collection for an ebook.
Tap the menu bar in top left corner to view top downloads, new arrivals and categories.
Tap on the ebook cover and click the "Login to Download" link below the cover.
A new page will appear, enter 32801 as the zip code and tap "Find Library."
Select Orange County Library System. Login using your library card and PIN.
Tap on Download ePub link to download the ebook.
From the Freading FAQ:
"Freading is compatible with Kindle Fire HDs and Nook HDs. However, the "Get Books" feature may not work reliably on these devices due to modifications with their operating systems. If you experience this, please use an external browser to go to your library's Freading page and download books into our Freading app. We recommend using Opera, Dolphin, or Firefox."
Download/install the free Freading app from the app store Once the Freading app finishes installing tap the app to enter your Adobe ID and password and activate your device with Freading. Tap the "i" in the bottom right corner, enter your Adobe ID username and password, and tap activate.
Open the app and browse the collection for an ebook.
Tap on the eBook cover and select the Download epub link below the cover.
A new page will appear, enter 32801 as the zip code and tap on Find Local Library.
Select Orange County Library System.
Login using your library card number and PIN.
Tap on the Download ePub link to download the eBook.