Library offers class for new users [UPDATED]Published 9:56am Friday, October 11, 2013 Updated 12:06pm Friday, October 11, 2013
Thinking of buying a tablet? Good news: tablets are more affordable than ever and we can teach you how to use it at the library.
At the Fergus Falls Public Library we offer technology training and information on many topics, including tablets.
A tablet is a portable device with a color screen that lets you access the internet, use apps and read books, newspapers, and magazines.
Popular tablets include the iPad and iPad mini, Kindle Fire HD, and Nook HD.
There are many other great tablets available including the Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy. For more reviews of tablets, I recommend CNET at reviews.cnet.com/tablets/.
The iPad starts at $399 and can cost much more if you want it to be 3G/4G capable (this lets you access the Internet without being connected to Wi-Fi).
It is made by Apple and has a 9-inch screen.
The iPad mini has a 7-inch screen and starts at $329. I recommend the iPad for anyone who doesn’t mind the higher price and would like to access the Internet and email, and take high quality photos and videos on the go.
The iPad is easy to learn how to use and many people have them so you can usually find a friend to teach you some tips.
If you already have an iPhone then the iPad will be very easy to learn.
The Kindle Fire HD starts at $139. The price just dropped this month when the newest version, the Kindle Fire HDX (starting at $229), came out.
This is Amazon’s tablet, so they limit the apps to ones that they approve and you can only buy ebooks from Amazon.
I’ve noticed that Amazon ebooks are often cheaper than Nook ebooks. The Kindle Fire HD has a 7-inch screen and you need to be connected to Wi-Fi to access the Internet.
I recommend the Kindle Fire HD for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money, has Wi-Fi at home, likes Amazon and doesn’t need a built-in camera.
Barnes and Noble’s Nook HD has a 7-inch screen and starts at $129. The Nood HD+ has a 9-inch screen and starts at $149. They will likely drop in price soon if Barnes & Noble releases a new tablet for the holiday season. Both devices are a big bargain.
Nook has recently added the Google Play Store so it has a huge selection of Android apps (including the Kindle app).
A word of warning: Barnes and Noble has been waffling on whether or not they will continue to make tablets.
It looks like they will for the near future, but don’t be surprised if they eventually stop making Nooks.
I recommend the Nook HD and HD+ to anyone who wants a cheap Android tablet, can utilize Barnes & Noble’s in store customer support and doesn’t need a built-in camera.
Once you have a tablet, go to ffpubliclibrary.org/digital to check out ebooks, downloadable audiobooks and digital magazines from the library.
The Fergus Falls Public Library offers technology classes and one-on-one technology help appointments.
This fall we have an iPad 101 class from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, and from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2.
Registration is not required. Participants will learn how to use their iPads in this hands-on introductory class.
We have two scheduled Kindle Fire 101 classes. from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 and from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9.
Become skilled at using your Kindle Fire with this introductory class. Registration is not required.
If you can’t make a class or would like personalized one-on-one tech help, you can schedule a free appointment with a librarian.
We offer tech appointments four times a week. Tuesdays 2 to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays 5 to 6 p.m.; Thursdays 2 to 3 p.m.; and Fridays 10 to 11 a.m.
Call us at (218) 739-9387 to schedule a tech appointment. Popular topics include tablets, ereaders, what tablet/ereader to buy, email, using the Internet, basic computer skills, downloading ebooks, and Google Drive and Calendar.
Want more information? Come to the library to learn which tablet is right for you.
Katelyn Boyer is the adult services and reference librarian.