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May 28, 2011

Library offering books for e-reader users

Staff says library experiencing “tremendous” demand for e-books

Kokomo — Do you have an electronic reader, but no idea how to download a library book onto it?

Staff at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library can help with that, at a series of one-on-one and classroom instructional times planned in June.

Trisha Shively, head of adult and teen services, said library staff members take many phone calls from people who need help, and because each reader is different, “it’s really hard for us to just talk someone through it on the phone.”

During the one-on-one sessions, librarians will be available to work with people individually to teach them how to download digital e-books from the library’s collection to an e-reader, tablet PC or smart phone.

“There are so many different e-readers out there, we can’t just have one set of instructions we can email to somebody,” Shively said. “We’re trying our best to be able to help our patrons.”

She said people who have a Nook will also need to bring a laptop computer, because at this point, books must be downloaded to the patron’s personal computer and then transferred to the Nook.

Those with an iPhone, iPad or iTouch can just bring the device, she said.

Shively said the Kindle e-reader is not compatible with Overdrive, the system the library uses, so books cannot currently be loaded to a Kindle from the system.

She said Kindles are supposed to be compatible with Overdrive by the end of 2011, and she expects to host more workshops at that time.

Shively said patrons may reserve an e-book through the library’s system, and then download it for a two or three-week checkout period.

“They just expire, and then you delete them yourself,” she said. “You don’t have to worry about returning them.”

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