The Washington Times-Herald

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November 16, 2011

More e-books coming to KCPL early next year

VINCENNES — Early next year, no matter where they are in the world, as long as they have access to the Internet patrons of the Knox County Public Library will be able to “check out” e-books.

Library board members on Tuesday approved a contract with Cleveland-based Overdrive to provide patrons with digital books by the end of January, 2012.

Assistant director Steve Smith arranged for a remote presentation by Overdrive representatives to give board members a picture of what the service will look like.

The service will allow a library patron to download a title onto one of many supported devices such as an Amazon Kindle, an Apple iPad, a smart phone or a regular computer for a limited amount of time, just as if they were checking out a hard-back book.

Patrons can choose for how long they would like to keep a title, from seven to 21 days.

Library director Emily Bunyan said patrons will be able to “check out” three or four e-book titles at a time, initially, but that number may be expanded, depending on demand from the public.

Adding more e-book titles is something that library officials say patrons have been demanding; they are increasingly asking that more e-book titles be added to the library’s catalog.

Smith estimates that 80 percent of libraries around the country already have e-books added to their catalogs and an increasing number of them are making plans to get them.

The contract with Overdrive, at $8,000 a year, will initially give the library access to about 4,500 book titles. But Smith said that number will increase as the library adds more titles to its catalog for $10-12 per copy.

And, he said, there will be several copies available of best-sellers, just as with the physical versions kept by the library.

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