One of the great elements of this device, other than purchasing content directly from the Sony Store via WIFI, is the ability to download free books from Google and borrow books directly from the library.
To get started with library lending you need to belong to a library branch that supports Overdrive. You also must have a library card number and a four digit pin code. Oh yes, you need a shiny new Sony PRS-T1 Reader too!
Once you have all the tools necessary, it’s time to start borrowing! Click on the Library application on the second page of your home screen. You can browse for libraries in many different countries, such as in USA, Canada, Ireland, and the UK. Once you have selected your country, you want to select your particular region/province/state and then a list of libraries in your area will appear. You might have to browse around until you find your particular branch.
Once you have navigated and selected all of the options to find your library, it is time to log in so you can start borrowing books. In the top right hand corner is a Login button, where you use your library card and PIN number in those fields. There is a handy ‘remember me’ button that keeps you logged in. Once you have your profile saved, it will be on the main library apps homepage, so you don’t need to go through the entire setup process again.
After this, it is fairly easy to navigate using the app to find books you want. You can put holds, add books to Wishlists, and directly check them out. You have the ability to borrow both EPUB and PDF books for your Sony PRS-T1! Once you have found a book that is in stock you can check the option ‘Add 2Go Cart’ and then complete the borrowing process. After this, you can download the book directly to your Reader via WIFI and instantly read.
The video below outlines the entire process of borrowing books using the Sony Library App.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.