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Library Gains Access To eBooks

 

Readers  can  now  get  digital  books  from  the  Marian  Sutherland  Kirby  Library,  and,  like  everything  borrowed

 from  the  library,  they’re  free!

The  new  service  gives  owners  of  popular  Internet-enabled  devices  such

 as  the  Kindle  Fire,  Nook  HD/ HD+  and  iPad  access  to  hundreds  of  titles

 that  can  be  downloaded  from  the  libraries’  websites.

According  to  Gemma  Williams,  director  of  the  Kirby  Library,  the  Luzerne  County  Library  System  has  acquired  a  collection  of  digital  books  for

 the  use  of  anyone  with  a  Luzerne  County  Library  System  library  card  and

 a  mobile  device. “Best  of  all,”  she  adds,  “readers  can

 download  books  anytime  from  anywhere  in  the  world.”

 “You  don’t  have  to  visit  the  library  to  get  eBooks,  and  you  don’t  have  to  worry  about  whether  the  library  is  open,”  she  said.  “The  digital  collection  is  available  24/7.”

The  Library  System  collection  includes  fiction  and  non-fiction  titles,

 including  best  sellers. Children’s  books  and  teen  titles  are

 also  part  of  the  collection.

The  Library  System  has  acquired  over  1,100  digital  books  to  date  and

 is  continuing  to  add  more,  says  Richard  C.  Miller,  District  Library  Center  Administrator  for  the  Wilkes-

Barre  Library  District,  which  is  funding  the  project.

 “Borrowing  eBooks  from  the  library  is  quite  simple,”  he  said.  “

Anyone  with  an  eReader  can  do  it.  The  only  preliminary  step  is  a  one-

time  download  of  free  software  to  enable  the  process.”

Clicking  on  the  digital  books  icon  on

 a  library’s  home  page  takes  the  library  patron  to  the  collection’s  “ Magic  Wall”  where  the  covers  of

 recently  added  volumes  are  displayed.  Using  tabs  displayed  on  that

 page,  they  can  then  sort  works  by  type  (fiction  or  non-fiction)  or  by  subject

 matter.

Books  selected  for  the  digital  collection

 reflect  the  preferences  of  local  readers,  Miller  said.  “We  choose

 books  for  the  eCatalog  based  on  what’s  in  demand  at  our  libraries  in  print  editions  and  audio  books,” “As  time  goes  on,  we  will  continue  to  shape  the  collection  to  meet  the  needs

 and  requests  of  readers,”  he  added.

Detailed  instructions  for  using  the  digital  collection  are  available  at

 any  Luzerne  County  Library  and  at  the  Luzerne  County  Libraries  website

 (www.luzernelibraries.org).

Library  patrons  can  also  get  help  learning  how  to  use  the  collection  by

 visiting  the  Marian  Sutherland  Kirby  Library.