Get back on track enjoying eBooks and digital audiobooks with our quick fixes.
Irving Public Library's collection of thousands of eBooks and digital audiobooks online is one of the best (and free) methods for feeding your book habit. Setting up our Digital Download services on your computer or mobile device can be easy, but occasionally we hear from you when a service no longer works as expected. Occasionally the problem is due to something much bigger, like an Internet brownout, but many times we can quickly identify the problem when an app no longer works, the screen doesn't look right, or an eBook just cuts off in the middle.
Through our work with customers, we've discovered easy solutions to many reported problems. Here are the top tips for fixing eBook and digital audiobook issues.
1) Turn the device off (power down) and then turn it back on
Resetting your device can unstick many problems, from an eBook that won't finish loading, to making control buttons on an audiobook reappear. This tip comes straight from the IT support desk, and I'm always amazed how often it works.
2) Delete and reload the app
Between updates to your operating system software and updates to your apps, sometimes things just stop working like they should. If your app isn't responding to simple commands, delete the app, and then reload it through your app store. You'll most likely need to login to the service once its reloaded.
3) Check your account
Maybe you have an overdue item or your library card recently expired? You need a current library account with no blocks (i.e. items overdue past 10 days or fees) to use our Digital Download services. You can check your library account online anytime by visiting the catalog, click on the MY ACCOUNT tab and select My Record to check if your card is still valid, or select Fines & Fees to check for blocks.
4) Check your PIN
Did you update your personal identification number at the library when you renewed your card? If you have a new PIN, be sure to update the information in your app by logging out, and then re-logging into your account using your new PIN. If you can't remember your PIN, you can always call us for help, or reset it yourself by visiting the catalog and following instructions found under HELP tab > Set a PIN.
5) Delete the eBook / audiobook, then reload it
Does your audiobook or eBook suddenly stop? It's probably because your connection to local Wi-Fi was cut when you were downloading the title, so you didn't get the entire file. You'll need to delete the file, then download a fresh copy. Be sure NOT to check in (aka “return”) the title. If you downloaded the item twice and it's still cuts off at the same spot,email us.
6) Check your Wi-Fi connection
Do you like to stream an eBook or audiobook through your web browser rather than downloading it to an app? If you're audiobook stops working a few minutes after you leave an area, it's probably because you're no longer in Wi-Fi range. Be sure your Wi-Fi connection is up and working. You can tell if you're connected by looking for a small Wi-Fi icon that looks like bars or concentric partial circles. You can also check your device's settings under Wi-Fi to see if it's been turned off.
7) Contact support
If you've tried our tips and it STILL doesn't work, we're here to help. When emailing us, please provide the following information:
- Your name
- Library card number and PIN
- The service you're using (OverDrive, Hoopla Digital, etc.)
- The title of the item you're having problems with
- The type of device you're using (Apple, Android, Kindle Fire, etc.)
- A brief description of the problem.
This information helps us to quickly locate the right instructions, and attempt to replicate your problem. We will provide you a written response within in a couple of business days. If the problem persists, we can set up an appointment with you and your device at one of our libraries.