Beginning February 1st, 2011 the Palm Springs Public Library will expand its downloadable collection with the addition of eBooks (electronic books). Library cardholders can browse the collection, check out and download eBooks anytime, from anywhere.
The Library introduced downloadable audiobooks to the collection over a year ago to great success. With the growing popularity of e-readers, and the increase in Library user requests for e-books, the Library staff believes this is an opportune time to add eBooks to its collection offerings.
eBooks can be read on a PC or Mac using free reader software called Adobe Digital Editions available for downloading from the Library’s website. Many eBooks feature re-flowable text which allows a user to resize the text and alter the display to fit any screen size. eBooks can also be transferred to popular e-reading devices like the Sony Reader, the Barnes & Noble Nook, the iPad and other tablets, as well as smart phones. (At this time, Amazon does not allow its Kindle device to interface with OverDrive, the library system’s eBook provider.)
“We are excited to now offer eBooks in addition to the downloadable audiobooks currently available,” said Barbara Roberts, Director of Library Services. “We have purchased an interesting collection of best-selling and classic titles, all of which can be read on your computer or mobile devices. We continue to try to make the Library accessible 24/7 by bringing the Library to our users where they are and when they want it.”
The Palm Springs Public Library’s opening collection features more than 250 titles, including the latest by James Patterson, David Sedaris, Robert Parker, Stuart Woods and many more popular authors.
In addition to the eBooks that can be checked out through this new collection the Library will also provide access to Project Gutenberg, a public domain eBook collection. This is a separate collection of eBooks that will be available in addition to the main collection offerings. The Project Gutenberg collection contains over 15,000 titles and access to it will not require users to sign into their account to download the titles. In addition, the checkouts from this collection will not count against their regular Library checkout/lending limits.
To check out eBooks or downloadable audiobooks, users need a valid library card, computer, and Internet connection. Once downloaded, digital media can be enjoyed on a computer and transferred to popular devices such as MP3 players, iPods, Smartphones and more. At the end of the lending period, titles automatically expire and are returned to the collection. Users may return eBooks early. Just like downloadable audiobooks, lending periods will be either7 or 14 days, users choice, and items cannot be renewed. However it is easy to return and check in eBooks and then download and check out a title again if needed.
There are many other resources on the internet that offer FREE eBooks for download. The Library has researched many of these resources and has selected some of the most reliable and easy to access sites where you can download other free eBooks. The Library’s web site http://www.palmspringslibrary.org lists these sites on its Internet Links page, under the link called, FREE eBooks.
Finally, for anyone who wishes to purchase a copy of a digital audiobook or eBook to keep, the Library is introducing another new feature called LibraryBIN. This feature provides the ability to buy a digital audiobook or ebook at a favorable rate with a portion of the purchase price directly benefiting the Library. LibraryBIN is available directly from the downloadable home page on the Library’s website, http://www.palmspringslibrary.org.
The Library partners with OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com), a global leader in digital media services, to offer these downloadable services.