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November 1, 2011 > Library District expands eBook collection

Library District expands eBook collection

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Marina Hinestrosa

The Santa Clara County Library District has expanded its electronic book collection with its most recent addition of Kindle(r) eBooks. With just the click of a button, members of the Santa Clara County Library District can now borrow from the library website ebooks that are compatible with a wide variety of electronic devices.

"We are very pleased with the Library District efforts to provide services that are in sync with the needs and preferences of our diverse library users," said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Delegate of the Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority. "I am sure many library members appreciate the benefit of downloading eBooks and other resources without having to leave home."

The addition of Kindle eBooks to the Santa Clara County Library District started last September, when Overdrive and Amazon launched Kindle(r) compatibility to approximately 11,000 United States public and school libraries in its network. With this significant step, Santa Clara County Library District members have gained access to an increasing eBook collection with a vast inventory of fiction and nonfiction titles. The ebooks are available to all ages and compatible on different e-readers, including all major Window and Mac desktops, and mobile devices such as the iPad, Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble NOOK, Android and Amazon Kindle.

"The demand for our online and digital services continues to grow," said Santa Clara County Librarian and Executive Director Melinda Cervantes. "All of our libraries have sample e-readers and our staff is ready to assist those who want to learn how to download eBooks and other resources from our Library catalog."

The popularity of eBooks and e-audiobooks continues to increase throughout libraries that are part of Santa Clara County Library District. In May 2011, 2,938 eBooks were downloaded. The library also has downloadable audio eBooks in its collection. When e-audio books were added, downloads increased to approximately 5,300.

The Santa Clara County Library District has simple instructions available for each device in the website at http://www.santaclaracountylib.org/ and members can text, e-mail or visit librarians at a library for assistance.

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