It is becoming a trend for libraries to lend out ebook readers to its valid members. The latest to conform to this is the Lambton country Library that is offering the Sony ebook reader completely free. The library has 26 branches and all of them have Sony ebook readers for people to try. For those who have a mobile device, there is no need for a computer as the spots are all Wi-Fi enabled. The borrowing period of a book is 14 days.
The library has two sources for its ebooks, Overdrive and Ebscohost. The collection is varied and comprises of titles from romance, thrillers, books for teens, as well as children’s books. In the free offer, the individual is allowed to select five titles and the book is available to the client for 14 days. One can also get the entire collection of Harry Potter at the library in both ebook and audio format.
As per the manager of technical services at Lambton, Krystyna Stalmach, “Both e-books and e-audio books are gaining in popularity and now account for 5% of Lambton County Library’s circulation. Currently there are over 2,300 patrons using this technology.”
The library already offers its members the ability to download ebooks to their home computers via an online pin and a valid library card. Now with ebook readers also being issued, the readership base is sure to increase further. While library authorities are on the one hand trying every bit they can to boost member count, they are also on the lookout to increase the number of ebooks and audio books in their collection.
A great thing about the system in use at the Lambton County Library is that there aren’t any late fines applicable since the ebooks simply disappear from the device on the expiry of the term period.