The Washington Times-Herald

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May 26, 2011

Library increases service, adds eBooks

WASHINGTON — Electronic books, or eBooks, have exploded with readers in the past few years, and the Washington Carnegie Public Library, 300 W. Main St., has started to offer audiobooks and eBooks to its patrons.

Available this week, the library has added digital media to its website, www.washingtonpubliclibrary.org, for users to check out eBooks and download them to their computer or digital reader.

Best of all, there are no late fees and the service is free to all who have a library card.

“We are pleased to integrate the latest technology with its already vast collection of materials available to library patrons,” WCPL Outreach and Programming Services Librarian Rick Chambon said. “This new resource is available 24/7 from the convenience of your own home. We will be offering training programs during June and July to help those who are having difficulty or who are just curious about the program.”

On the library’s site, anyone who wants to take part in the service will have to download a free software package called OverDrive. Then they will be able to download to a PC or a Mac. For eBooks, the titles can then be transferred to a device that uses Adobe Digital Editions, like the iPod and iPad, Sony Reader and the Barnes and Noble Nook.

For those who use the Amazon Kindle, the books will not be available until later this year. Those who enjoy audiobooks can listen to them through the software’s media console and then transfer to a device, even a CD.

At the end of the lending period, the books will expire so there are no late fees.

The Washington library recently joined a consortium of 21 other libraries in Indiana to create the Indiana Digital Download Center. The consortium allows the libraries to spread the cost of the OverDrive software and create a larger variety of items at checkout.

“By adding this resource at minimal cost to the library and by collaborating with other libraries, your library card’s value has increased significantly,” Library Director Teresa Heidenreich said.

Those with questions on the new service can contact the library at 254-4586.

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