The Washington Times-Herald

January 21, 2012

Digital downloads are expanding at Carnegie library


Washington Times-Herald

WASHINGTON —

E-books used on Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers continue to gain in popularity each month.  Since May 2011, Washington Carnegie Public Library has offered e-book and audio book downloads through Indiana Digital Download Center, a consortium of 25 Indiana libraries, powered by Overdrive.
“Patrons from each of these libraries are downloading from the same group collection and this may result in long wait lists for bestsellers,” said Teresa Heidenreich, library director. “Needless to say, none of us want to be number 25 on a wait list for a popular book! For this reason, WCPL has become an Advantage member library which means additional copies of some of these same e-books are purchased for Washington cardholders only.”
In order to see if a book in the collection is an Advantage item, patrons must first login to their account on the Indiana Digital Download Center site. Holds placed on a title with duplicate copies owned by Washington will result in shorter wait times (or maybe none at all) than the number on the screen because patrons are only waiting with other local readers.
While there is no way to see exactly how long a patron must wait for an Advantage  title, know that WCPL never expects to have more than five holds per each e-book. A list of the most recently added Advantage titles will be available monthly on BookNews (available on the library’s website www.washingtonpubliclibrary.org) and Facebook.
OverDrive Advantage participation is made possible through a grant from the Daviess County Community Foundation to expand digital downloads. The grant will also allow the purchase of lendable e-readers. To check out an e-reader at the library a patron must be 18 years of age and a library card holder in good standing. See the library’s website for the entire policy, which will go into effect Feb. 15.