Are you an owner of an Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, tablet with eBook software or other eReader? Are you wondering when your local library is going to catch on to the eReader revolution?
Well, your wait may be over, as many local libraries now offer eBook lending in a variety of formats compatible with desktop, laptop, tablet, phone and eReader devices.
What are the benefits of borrowing eBooks from your local library?
- Free! Books are expensive, and spending $20 on a book you may read once can get very expensive very fast.
- Public library lending lets you try out books from other genres you may be interested in but are not sure you will like.
- Great resource for children looking for a variety of reading material usable on existing devices.
- Environmentally friendly (no paper printing, no shipping/gas used)
- No late fees/running to library at 4:45 to return a book due that day.
What are the negatives of borrowing eBooks from your local library?
- Limited supply. Just like real books the library only has rights to loan out a certain number of each book.
- Technology limitations. Sometimes eBooks don’t download right or a specific book has compatibility issue with a specific device. Paper tends to be much more reliable.
- Limited time on lending. Some eBooks can have time limits and the time for each book varies based on the agreement with the publisher and library. You may find you don’t have enough time to read the book or have to “return” it before you are done.
How do you check out an eBook? In most cases a public library has a website which allows you to select, reserve and download the eBook. How you transfer the file to your device depends on the device type, but most libraries have staff trained on how to assist with the most popular devices and online instructions on how to transfer and view the books.
How do you return a book? In most cases the files will just expire and you can delete the file from your device when your time is up. If there is a physical media, you need to pick up at the library you may need to return it, but in most cases the process is as simple as deleting the book.
Sometimes we forget what a great resource the local library can be and this is yet another example of how our fantastic system of public libraries serve the community.
See you next time!