Columbia Public Library Goes More Tech-Friendly

6 years 8 months 1 week ago Tuesday, October 11 2011 Oct 11, 2011 Tuesday, October 11, 2011 4:07:00 PM CDT October 11, 2011 in News
By: Veronica Polivanaya

Columbia - High-tech magic in the stacks of the Columbia Public Library.  What used to be a pile of books can now be a computer download -- from home or anywhere else.  

The Columbia Public Library is going more tech-friendly as it allows more devices to access its e-books. Librarians this afternoon demonstrated how to use the OverDrive eBook service. The service delivers books without having to actually go to the library. 

Kindle was connected two weeks ago. Before that, Nooks, Sony Readers, Literatis, iPads, iPhones, Android phones and more. 

It all started in January. The database now holds over 1,300 books. Librarian Kirk Henley says readers are recommending books for e-reading. Romantic novels continue to be the most popular eBook genre. But the library tries to cater to people of all ages. Henley says it's cheaper for the library to purchase eBooks than print books. 

Henley says the library sometimes struggles to keep up with all the technological innovations.

"Now that the Kindle is compatible, it's a little bit tougher because there are many ways to get books downloaded," he says. 

Every device uses different software to access the eBook service. That's why the library has been holding monthly demonstrations to show users how to access it. Henley expects the amount of demonstrations to double once new devices start coming out on Christmas. 

 

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