RBdigital eBooks and audiobooks are moving to SimplyE!

The North Haven Memorial Library has been offering digital content through three different platforms, Hoopla, Overdrive/Libby, and RB Digital. The RB Digital eBooks and audiobooks are funded by the State of Connecticut, and access to this content will move by mid-December to SimplyE.  Hoopla and Overdrive/Libby are not affected by this move.

 What does this mean for users of RBdigital?

  • Items checked out in the RBdigital app after December 14 will be no longer be available.

  • Holds placed on RBdigital titles will NOT be moved over to SimplyE. Users will need to re-place their holds in SimplyE.

  • Checkout history will NOT be moved over to SimplyE. 

  • E-magazines will remain on the RBdigital platform for a little while longer. We expect that content to be moved to the Overdrive sometime in January.

Getting Started With SimplyE

Device Compatibility

Apple iOS

  • iPad and iPad mini 5th generation and newer, iPad Air 2 and newer, iPad Pro 3rd generation

  • iPhone 6 and newer, iOS 8+

  • iPod Touch 5th generation, iOS 8+

Android

  • Recommended: Android 10 API 29 and above

  • Minimum: Android 5.0 Lollipop (some users will still have issues if they cannot update their devices)

  • Devices Tested: Google Pixel, Nexus 7, Galaxy Note

Not Compatible

The devices and operating systems listed below will not work with the SimplyE app.

  • Any Android devices running an operating system older than Android 5.0

  • Nook HD/HD+, Nook Tablet, Nook Color 

  • Kindle Fire, Kindle Paperwhite

  • Kobo e-readers

 

Quick Start Guide

Installing the App & Logging In

  • Search the Google Play or Apple App Store for “SimplyE.”

  • Download the SimplyE app

  • To begin using the app, open it and log in with your full library card number.

Set Up Your Account With Your Library Card

Apple iOS Devices

  1. Tap the Settings tab at the bottom right of the screen

  2. Tap the building icon on the top left for the accounts menu

    1. Select Find Your Library

    2. Scroll and select the North Haven Memorial Library collection.

      1. When you add your library, you will be taken directly to the catalog so you can browse what is available.​

    3. SimplyE content is also listed and available to all.​

  3. Tap and enter your barcode number 

  4. Tap the Catalog tab at the bottom left of the screen to start browsing and searching for e-books

 

Android Devices

  1. Tap Menu on the Upper Left of the screen

  2. Tap Manage Accounts

  3. Tap Accounts

  4. Tap the North Haven Memorial Library

  5. Tap Log In

  6. Enter your library card number 

  7. Tap Log In

  8. Tap Accounts in the top left corner until you see Settings, then tap Catalog to start browsing for e-books

If you encounter problems logging in with your library card number,

please tap Report An Issue under your respective library's account screen.

Searching & Browsing

Tap the Catalog tab to browse titles in the catalog. At any time, you can tap the cover of a book to read its description. Tap Get to download the book, or tap Reserve to place a hold on a book if it is not available for immediate download.

To browse titles:

  • Tap Catalog at the bottom of the screen, which will display titles in various categories.

  • Swipe from left to right to view the popular and available books in each category

    • (tap the category titles or More... to view all books in a category).

To search for a specific author or title:

  • Tap the search icon (magnifying glass) in the upper right corner of the screen.

  • Enter the author or book name, then click the Search or Enter button in the bottom right corner of the screen

  • A list of books matching your search criteria will be displayed.

  • Tap the cover of any book to read its description, or download or reserve it.

 

Sorting & Filtering Results

  • When viewing all books in a category, you can sort by Author, Availability, or Collection.

  • You can also sort books in the My Books and Reservations tabs. 

    • Navigate to a listing of books in the catalog (such as "Best Sellers") or in My Books or Reservations.

    • You will see a button next to Sort By,

    • Tap  the button to switch between Author, Title, Recently Added, Random

 

Reading E-Books

  • Tap My Books, and tap the Read button to open and read a book.

  • To turn pages

    • Tap on the right or left edges of the screen.

  • To navigate to a particular section:

    • Tap the center of the screen to bring up the Navigation Bar.

    • Tap the Table of Contents button in the upper right corner of the Navigation Bar to bring up the table of contents, then tap on the section or chapter you would like to open.

    • Tap the back arrow in the top left corner to exit.

  • To exit the title

    • Tap the back arrow (<) in the upper left corner.

Adjusting Fonts, Contrast, Text Size, and Brightness

  • Tap the center or bottom of the screen to bring up the Navigation Bar.

  • Tap the Aa (Reader Settings) button (second from the right of the top bar menu).

  • Adjust the font type

    • Tap one of three available settings: Serif, Sans Serif, Open Dyslexic.

    • Tap the screen outside the control to close the control.

  • Adjust the contrast

    • Tap on one of the three available combinations: 

    • White text on Black background, 

    • Black text on Sepia background, 

    • Black text on White background.

    • Tap the screen outside the control to close the control.

  • To adjust text size

    • Tap the large A to make the text bigger or the smaller A to make the font smaller.

    • Tap the screen outside the control to close the control.

  • To adjust brightness

    •  Drag the slide control to adjust brightness to your preferred setting.

    • Tap the screen outside the control to close the control.

Accessing New Holds & Borrowed E-Books

  • In the Reservations and My Books screens, tap the refresh icon in the upper left corner to check for available holds and books you may have checked out from another source.

  • E-books downloaded with another app might not available to view in SimplyE.

Returning E-Books

  • All borrowed digital titles are automatically returned at the end of their lending periods, so you never have to worry about late fees

    • (exceptions include titles in the public domain, which can stay on your SimplyE bookshelf indefinitely).

  • To return a title early:

    • Go to My Books, tap the title and tap Return. 

Get Help

Go to More/Help in the SimplyE app, or contact the library, 203-239-5803.

 

Manage and Return E-Books in SimplyE

 

  • E-Books that you checked out will be listed under the My Books tab.

  • Books you have already downloaded will have a Read or Return button.

    • If you borrowed the e-book from another device or checked the book out from another application or from the web, it should be in your My Books tab.

    • If not, sync your device book shelf by dragging the list downwards. Then tap the download button.

  • In the event of connectivity problems, books may fail to download.

    • Try downloading again when you have a strong connection.

    • If you borrowed a book on another device, and it is not in your My Books Tab, follow the instructions above to sync your bookshelf.

  • Be aware that e-books downloaded outside of SimplyE (to a computer or different reading app) might not be available to download in SimplyE.

How to Return E-Books

All digital titles are automatically returned to your library at the end of the lending period, so you never have to worry about late fees.

  • If you'd like to return a title early

    • Click on the title or cover of the book to open up the description and select Return. 

How to Renew E-Books

If an item is not on hold for another patron when it expires you can borrow and download it again.
 

Free to Keep E-Books

Public Domain and Creative Commons-licensed books can be found in the SimplyE Collection.

  • Tap the icon in the upper left corner to toggle between your collections.


Free to keep books will display only a Download button. There is no hold queue and no expiration date on these items.

  • Tap the Download button to get the book.

  • The button will change to Delete or Read once downloaded.

  • The book will also show up in the list under the My Books tab with a Read and a Delete button.