Downloadable eBooks Arrive
December 29, 2010
It has been a little while since my last blog post, but we have been working very hard to get the new North Independence branch reopened. I hope you have a chance to drop by, see the remodeled library and view the Working History of Independence display.
Today was an important day for the library. With assistance from one of our content providers, we were able to launch a downloadable eBook service. Our opening collection has over 800 titles and we are committed to adding new titles every month. The good news is that our new service is just in time for all of you that received new eBook readers, net books, and smart phones as holiday gifts. Just check your device. If it can read files in “EPUB” you should be in good shape. Visit our partner’s website for a full list of tested readers.
We added several titles to the opening collection including books from the Twilight series, lots of fiction and nonfiction best sellers, romance novels, and several graphic novels (but those have to be loaded to a computer before you transfer them to a portable device…I have no idea why).
Unfortunately, there is bad news, too. Whatever the reason, Amazon has decided that the “Kindle” will not read books in EPUB format and libraries cannot license content in Amazon’s AZW format. Does this remind anyone of VHS and Beta? If you have a Kindle (like me) there is not much we can do right now. However, as soon as we can get content that can be read on a Kindle, we will move quickly to add those titles to our collection.
To get started, I would suggest visiting the getting started video tutorial or the very nice getting started site. Honestly, I would suggest doing what I did. Just jump in with both feet. I had a title downloaded to my computer in a few minutes and a title to my Galaxy Tab a few minutes after that. We hope you like the new service.
Steven V. Potter
Director of Libraries