With the ever-increasing interest and demand in eBooks, Okanagan Regional Library has added more than 1,400 new titles to its digital book collection free to all library members in the region.
The new collection includes 1,380 titles of digital eBooks that can be read on compatible computers, eReader devices, and mobile smartphones, and 47 eAudiobooks that can be listened to through an mp3 player.
New content is being added each week. Since the service went live a month ago, members in the ORL region have already checked out items over 2,000 times.
“We’re really starting to see that shift to our members using digital content, especially a spike after the holidays when many people get eReaders as presents,” said Lesley Dieno, executive director.
The eBook and eAudiobooks can be requested and borrowed just like physical books for up to three weeks.
The files include digital rights management (DRM) coding to ensure they cannot be shared and they are automatically returned to the library when the loan period is up.
“It can take a bit of patience to learn how to use the system and download the initial software needed to work with the files, but once that’s done customers can place holds, download content, and read or listen for free,” said Dieno.
“And one great advantage, especially for customers who live a distance from one of our branches, is that the content can be accessed 24/7 from a home computer.”
Always available titles include Disney digital books and Lonely Planet travel guides.
For more information, visit your local library or go to www.orl.bc.ca.