E-readers and tablet computers will no doubt be on a lot of people’s Christmas present lists this year. Before deciding which brand or device to buy, you might want to have a read of this contribution from Norfolk County Council’s Library Service.
It will come as no surprise that we love books. And we love making it easy for people to read books, which is why our free ebooks loans service is so great.
For the uninitiated, ebooks are books that can be read in electronic form, usually on a tablet computer or ereader device. You can download ebooks from various websites and it’s a way of reading that’s really growing in popularity – earlier this year it was reported that sales of ebooks from Amazon had overtaken sales of hardback and paperback books for the first time.
But why buy when you can borrow, for free, and from the comfort of your own home? Of course we want people to keep visiting our libraries but equally we think our ebooks loan service could really come into its own during spells of wintry weather, when it can be hard for people to make journeys.
Our digital library has hundreds of ebook titles to choose from – for some recommendations from our staff about ebooks you can borrow from us, scroll down. And there’s no chance of getting an overdue charge as when your loan period ends, poof! The file will simply disappear from your device, without you having to lift a finger.
While lots are, not all ereaders and tablets are compatible with the digital library system we use, so if you are planning on buying one for yourself or as a gift, do check out the list of compatible devices here.
We are excited however that the new Kindle Fire is compatible, it’s the first Kindle device that is. You can also borrow and read our ebooks on lots of smartphones and most laptop and desktop computers – although they do have to be connected to the internet to do the borrowing bit.
Apart from a compatible device, the only other thing you need to borrow ebooks from us is to be a library member, and to have a pin number which means you can use any of our online services (such as renewing copies of traditional books you have out on loan).
You can join the library online and once you’ve received your pin and been sent your library card through the post, you’re ready to go. If you’re already a library member but don’t have a pin number, or can’t remember it, there are lots of ways to remedy this.
And if you’d rather join the library in person, you can. Whichever way you choose, becoming a library member and borrowing books, however you choose to do it, is absolutely free.
‘The Christmas Book’ by Sheherazade Goldsmith
A book of approximately 80-90 self-contained craft, food, and gardening projects aimed at helping people escape the modern-day commercial Christmas and enjoy a simpler, more home-spun way of celebrating.
-Take a look inside for more great ebooks>