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  1. Is there a fee to download eBooks or from Freading ?
  2. What types of devices are compatible for eBooks ?
  3. What is the loan period for eBooks ?
  4. May I return a title early ?
  5. Are there limits to how much I may check out ?
  6. What are the fines for overdue materials ?
  7. May I renew materials ?
  8. Do I have to visit the library to download eBooks ?
  9. Do I have to download a program to use Freading ?
  10. Is there an app for my device ?
  11. Do I have to own a special device ?
  12. Do you have step by step instructions ?
  13. Which eReader device should I buy ?

Is there a fee to download eBooks from Freading ?

A valid Lansing Library card is required. Lansing residents may download eBooks and audiobooks for free. The library subscribes on your behalf.
Note: Our contract with Freading does not allow us to grant access to residents of other towns. Please check with your local library to see if they have access.

See Library Cards policy for additional information.


What is the loan period for eBooks ?

Downloaded eBooks are available for 14 days.

It is possible to return an eBook early, but not audio or video files.


May I return a title early ?

Yes, in Adobe Digital Editions, there is an option to return item. Deleting the item from your device or out of Adobe Digital Editions will not return item.


Are there limits to how much I may check out?

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. Lansing Library cardholders are allotted 5 tokens per week.


What are the fines for overdue materials?

Downloaded items automatically 'return' themselves on the due date. You never have to worry about fines on downloaded materials.


May I renew materials ?

Yes, titles may be renewed for 2 more weeks, but you will use additional tokens.


I want material someone else has checked out...What do I do?

eBooks on Freading are always available in unlimited copies!


Do I have to visit the library to download eBooks ?

No, you don't! (Although we love to see your smiling faces!)

Please visit us if you need help navigating the Freading site.


Do I have to download software to use Freading ?

Yes, you will need to download a free program onto a computer (Windows or Mac) in order to read ebooks and transfer them onto a device.

eBooks require Adobe Digital Editions.


Is there an app for my device ?

If you are using an Android, Apple, Blackberry or Windows smartphone, Kindle Fire, iPod, or iPad, free apps are available.

Search your device's app store for 'Freading'.


Do I have to own a special device ?

Most users find it more convenient to download to a portable device (eReader, tablet, digital music player, smartphone, etc.) but you can download directly to your PC or laptop and read the eBook directly on your computer.


Which eReader device should I buy ?

This is a very personal decision, but the website ereaderlookup.com can help you narrow your choices based upon price, screen size, and features.


Are any step-by-step instructions available ?

Freading Tutorial  tutorial icon

Yes! Lansing Library Reference staff made several step-by-step brochures. Updated July 18, 2012
Adobe Digital Editions: Start here! PDF icon
Quick Start Guide for Downloading eBooks PDF icon