The Washington Times-Herald

Local News

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.

Text Only
Local News
  • Man killed in motorcycle crash south of Monroe City

    A  Vincennes man died in a motorcycle accident on Friday afternoon south of Monroe City.

    April 19, 2014

  • Property taxes, short term loan discussed at B-R school meeting

    MONTGOMERY -- The Barr-Reeve School Board meeting was opened for comments Thursday from school patrons and Lana Helms asked about the increase in the property tax statement that she recently received. Helms said it was about a considerable increase.

    April 19, 2014

  • Saturday's police report CITY REPORT Friday 12:57 p.m. - A male caller said he witnessed, while playing golf, a red Jeep strike a sign and a telephone pole at the intersection of Northeast 12th Street and Brett Cabel Road. A stop sign was damaged, but the Jeep was not found.

    April 19, 2014

  • Griffith50 Griffith Elementary turns 50 Helen Griffith Elementary is celebrating a milestone as the school turns 50-years old. Earlier this week, current students and staff at the school met on the playground for a photo to commemorate the anniversary. Students sat in the formation of th

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • TaylirAnn.jpg No Headline Provided Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Taylor will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary today. Kenny Taylor and Ruth Lengacher were married April 19, 1969. The couple has one daughter, Sheila and Spencer Gingerich of Montgomery, and one son, Mark Taylor of L

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • frocks 'Forget the Frock' is a T-shirt with a real message New frilly dresses and tailored suits for Easter have been a tradition for many years, but a relatively new movement across the United States is changing that tradition for some local community members, as well as others across the country. "Forget

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Washington school transportation funding takes another hit The wheels on the buses are still going round and round for the Washington Community Schools, but the funding to keep them rolling all through the town is dwindling. The loss of tax revenue has caused the school board to look into funds other than th

    April 18, 2014

  • citytowergraphic.jpg High but not dry

    The city of Washington is constructing a 600,000-gallon water tower east of the city. Here's some information supplied by the city on the new tower.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - WT041814 - CoatsMug - NBS GOP set for Lincoln-Reagan Day celebration U.S. Sen. Dan Coats will be the featured speaker at the annual Daviess County Republican Lincoln-Reagan dinner. The dinner is set for April 22 at the Padaco event center. "Senator Coats is always a big draw at Lincoln Day dinners across the state and

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Highway of dreams approaching final phase For decades community leaders in southwestern Indiana dreamed of an interstate highway that would connect Indianapolis and Evansville. Now, that project is one contract from becoming a reality. The Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indian

    April 18, 2014