An Electronic Evolution
November 04, 2011
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. That’s why I’m ecstatic about the fact that MCPL has just incorporated the lending of Kindle-compatible eBooks into their system.
Amazon does have countless free titles, but those are all books that were published prior to 1923. Don’t misunderstand; I like Jane Austen just as much as the next person, but sometimes I want to be able to read new books too. That’s what makes MCPL's eBook lending so great. They’re all relevant, hot titles like The Help by Kathryn Stockett. The best part? They’re free! I can go to the MCPL website and download the book through the Overdrive database to put onto my Kindle. I read it, and at the end of its lending period, it goes back to the library. Just like that, I’ve got to read the book I wanted at no cost to me.
It’s not just for Kindle users like me, either. MCPL has books compatible for other eReaders too, including the iPad and Nook, all available for easy download from the same location. For a couple minutes of my time, I can get free books to tote around for hours of enjoyment on the run. Just like that, I’m saving money and still promoting literacy.
Oak Grove Branch