Like many of you, I have discovered the joys of eBooks. I use the Overdrive app on my Apple iPod Touch and I love it. While I still prefer actual books for most of my reading, eBooks are great for travelling. I no longer have to carry books with me when I go on Boy Scout functions, risking water damage to the books when the inevitable deluge occurs.* I also always have something on hand to read while waiting for appointments.
E-books are not just for adults. The other day, I brought my daughter home from Pre-K, and her grandpa excitedly called her to his computer. He had downloaded The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree , and was eager to show her how the story played on his desktop’s Kindle software.
You’ve probably heard the big news by now, MCPL offers Kindle compatible eBooks! But did you know that you can still use your Nook, Sony, and even Apple device to read eBooks?
Sounds pretty exciting, right, but it also sounds a bit complicated. And for a person who has no technical ability like me, it can feel overwhelming. I want to keep up-to-date with the library of the future, but how exactly do I make that tiny computer file move from a website to my iPod?
In an effort to draw in even more members, Amazon has announced their Kindle Lending Library available to Amazon Prime Members. This new development is Amazon's way of breaking into the library market, but it brings up a great opportunity to remind you how much your library brings to you FOR FREE!
Price of Membership: Amazon Lending Library: $79 a year for Amazon Prime + must have a Kindle (Kindle apps do not work with Lending Library) MCPL: Free
Number of Books you can checkout: Amazon Lending Library: One a month. MCPL: 200 items at a time.
I am contributing to the extinction of the paper book. That’s right. I’m a Kindle user, and I have been for a year and a half now. I do it all; I carry it around like a spare limb, I drool over the new Kindle coming out in November, and I can tell you that I have exactly nine purchased novels stored on my little half pound device. Just because I’m not reading print doesn’t mean that I don’t love books. The problem is that Kindle books, though less expensive than print books, still aren’t cheap.
Recently, my family and I traveled to Wisconsin to take a short vacation, and used the library’s resources to help us on our journey! We go to Wisconsin at least once a year to visit family, but also take the time to enjoy the scenery. We have visited the Wisconsin Dells and The House on the Rock.
I'm a pretty tech-savvy person. I'm the one people call when they have computer problems, the one who wires our network at home, and the only person to keep all the cords from our game systems and DVD player straight.
But let's face it, even us tech wizards have something that just seems beyond our skills and requires a bit of visual aid. Which means, we totally understand when you're about to rip out your hair over a new Christmas Kindle that you can't seem to get any books on.