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    3M Cloud: A Super easy way to download ebooks

    By: Christy V. Temple

    Are you interested in checking out an ebook but it seems too hard to do? I understand your frustration. Sometimes the ebook databases that are used have lots more steps to have to go through than what most people are accustomed to have to use. If this is the case, then I have the perfect answer for you.

    How about trying out the Daviess County Public Library’s 3M Cloud database that is listed under our Online Resources and under an Ebooks tab on our web page. This database is very easy to use and has very few steps compared to some of our other databases. If you are a first-time user of ebooks I would recommend starting here, just to get you used to the process. Once you get used to using this site then you can branch out to the other databases that we have a subscription to and try them out as well.

    So, let me tell you first about 3M Cloud database and how it works. First you will go to our website at Next you will click on the green tab in the center that says: Downloads. Once on the downloads page, look for Ebooks and then click on 3M Cloud. Once you click on 3M Cloud it will take you straight into the database. At the top right corner of the page, click on the green Login button. Now, type in your 14-digit library barcode number with no dashes or spaces. Okay, now you are logged in.

    See, so far pretty easy as far as getting into the database itself. Now, once you are logged in, you get to look around or search for something you might enjoy reading. This site is really nice because it shows lots of book covers at the outset and you can get an idea of what they have to offer upfront. Some of the categories they offer right now for you to choose from are as follows: Lost in the Stacks, Summer Fun, Bestsellers, Popular Picks, Adult Non-Fiction, Top Shelf Chef, and Westerns.

    One thing I haven’t mentioned just yet is that you can access this website on your smart phone, tablet, computer, etc. This database is accessible through a variety of platforms including: Android, Chrome, Apple iOS, Kindle Fire, Mac, Nook, and Windows. So, in reality this database can be used by most all of the major platforms and devices on the market, which is really great.

    Okay, back to the searching and downloading process. Now that you are in the site, let’s just pick a book listed under the Bestsellers list such as the title: From Mama’s Table to Mine by Bobby Deen. Click on the book cover and it will open it up in a larger window. There should be a green tab that says “borrow” inside the box. Click on that green tab and two more tabs will appear now. The blue tab says “read” and the red tab says “return” if you decide you don’t want it after all. It will also tell you underneath that this item will expire in 20 days.

    Now you will be able to read the downloaded ebook. You never have to worry about overdues because there are none with ebooks. So, go ahead and try the process on your phone or device and see just how easy it is. Also, one more thing I wanted to add. You can go through the steps like I showed you above or you can also go to your App store and download the 3M Cloud app and get to the ebooks in the same way.

    Either way, if you want to try out this technology and have been afraid to do so in the past, then this is the site to give a try and see how you like it. Once you have tried this one out, then you can go for the largest downloadable digital site we have in our list of databases, which is Kentucky Libraries Unbound through OverDrive.

    So go ahead and try out this database today and tell us what you think. As I said before, this is just a good starter database to try if you have never tried the digital process before. It doesn’t have as much to choose from as KLU but it is a good starting point. Once you get to be an old pro, then you can look up my blog on how to use OverDrive.


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