E-books and libraries
July 13, 2011 11:11pm CST
Libraries are struggling with the best way to meet the needs of users that own electronic reading devices like the Nook, Kindle, SonyReader, etc. More and more people also are willing to read books on their smartphones; I know that I find it a great way to have a book with me always. Do you own a Nook or something similar? Do you feel that you use it as often and you had expected. More or less? Would you load in "books" from the library if that was available for free? Do you read on your phone? Would you download ebooks from the library if that was possible? I don't really want to hear arguments about ebooks vs. print books in our answers here. Those of us who work in libraries realize that books come in all sizes, shapes, and formats and different people want service in different ways. My main mantra is that we get the patrons what they want to enjoy reading and accessing information !
• United States
16 Jul 11
Hello and welcome mylotter! I used my kindle alot when I got it but since I got my android phone I use my kindle app on there and the actual Kidle is laying on my night stand beside my bed. I still love it I make it read to me but I think that annoy's my husband. But I find having some thing like a Kindle or even the app on my phone enables me to read more than I did before. The price of "books" are cheaper and you can even get some for free!! And the second part that is a HUGE benifit is it's space saving!! I have over 198 books so far and counting!! Imagine the space one would need for all those physical books! Thanks for the topic friend!! I reall enjoy sharing about my experiences with gadgets I own!
• United States
16 Jul 11
Even if you don't want to always physically go to the library, you might still want to go to your nearest library and ask whether they have access to downloadable books. Many libraries now have this available for a number of formats, including Kindle and smartphones. Here in Kansas even people living in the smallest of towns have access to ebooks, audiobooks, music, and videos that are downloadable through a program sponsered by the State Library of Kansas and others. Residents simply sign up at their local library for a "Kansas Library Card" and then can have access from any internet-capable computer. Right now this contract for "Audiobooks, Music, and More" is provided by a company named Overdrive. Kansas is looking at other companies for this service too. I just say a presentation about a new program through 3M that looks REALLY easy to use for downloading ebooks using a library card. It's all free, too, for Kansas' program. Other states, or locales, may also have the same services available. Go in and ask, and then enjoy all your new bestsellers for free from the privacy of your home!