Readers Festival – eReader Playtime

Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me! The Readers Festival is fast approaching!

Kobo eReaderOn the 8th and 10th of July we’ll be hosting hands-on eReader playtime, where you’ll have a chance to see and handle some of the most popular eReaders around. Learn how to find eBooks on the web and our catalogue and download them to your device. Bookings are now open so visit our website for session and booking details.

 

eBooks are here!

Great news for our borrowers – you can now access eBooks through our catalogue!

South Australian libraries have joined forces to purchase a collection of eBooks and Audiobooks via a provider called Overdrive. Logging in with your library card you can download books onto your eBook reader, tablet PC, iPad or smartphone (or music player, in the case of Audiobooks). You can borrow them for up to 21 days and they are automatically returned from your device, so you won’t get any late fees.

And the best part? It’s all free.

To get started, just go to our website or catalogue and look for the eBooks link. Browse or search for a title you’re interested in, click Borrow, and transfer it to your device to get reading.

Please note that due to a rights management issue with Amazon we can’t currently offer this service to Kindle users in Australia.

For more information on the world of eBooks, see this brochure from the Public Libraries SA website.

Reading about reading (and bookshops)

Most book lovers in Australia would be aware of the closing of Borders Book stores and Angus and Robertson stores. I have read a number of articles in various newspapers and magazines about the current state of the bookselling and publishing industries, and the fear that the book industry is facing its worst threat yet, with online book sales and ebooks taking over.

One of the most balanced articles on this topic was in the Weekend Australian recently, discussing the reasons behind the book store closures, and the positive side of the rise of Australian online bookstores. I also really enjoyed a piece in Bookseller and Publisher (see page 15), with author Max Barry describing how ebooks help you find your next good read and how the paper book and ebook can co-exist. Philip Adams also had a point in a recent column, that we love the old ways as well as the new. What do you think? Will the internet and ebooks be the death of the book (and libraries)?

E-books and young people

When e-book readers first started out, they were mainly popular amongst older generations because of their ease of use and adjustable text size. You may have heard all about them by now, and maybe even tried one of our display readers in the Library.

Now, children and teens are catching on.

The New York Times recently published an article explaining the sudden rise in sales of children’s and young people’s e-books since Christmas. It would appear a lot of families bought them for their children – and the surprising part is what kids are using them for.

It seems the availability of older books in free downloadable e-book form means that classics such as Little Women and Pride and Prejudice are being discovered for the first time by Generation Z.

You can read the full article here.

Ebooks…come and try!

Regular blog readers will know that we currently have an ebook display in the Library.

Ebook display

Our four ebook readers are loaded with new releases such as The Fry chronicles by Stephen Fry, The happiest refugee by Anh Do, Worth dying for by Lee Child and even The saggy baggy elephant!
You can also read magazines in full colour on the iPad.

Ebook readers

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t seen the display yet, come in and have a go on the latest book related technology. We’d like you to leave us a comment in the book provided to let us know what you think about ebooks and any suggestions you have about how the Library could use them in the future .

Some of the comments we’ve received so far

” Really like it as an idea for the Library. Found it easy to use…like the idea of having a large selection of titles available to borrow”

“Thankyou for having a Come and Try. I have been interested for some time in buying an ebook reader ..I hope you will have ebooks available to borrow”

“I would love an ereader! If i could borrow books from the Library too it would be great!

“As a book lover, I’m certain I would eventually buy a device to give me an extra approach to reading”

“…as I travel alot for business, having access to ebooks from the Library would reduce baggage load considerably!”

“…would be interested when we become grey nomads.”

“..the convenience and search options make them very attractive and there are advantages for the Library :storage space, damaged books and the cost of chasing overdues would be reduced.”

Next time you’re in the Library come and try ebooks  and have a chat about them with our staff. We’d love your comments here too!

Kindles, Kobos and iPads, oh my

Kindles, Kobos, Sony Readers, iPads…Been hearing about electronic books (e-books) and e-book readers but not sure what it all means? Interested in giving them a try but perhaps needing a good opportunity/friendly guide? Never heard of them at all but curious?

Now’s your chance:  the Tea Tree Gully Library will be running a ‘come and try’ trial of e-books and their associated hardware from 13 December through January, and we want you and your feedback.

We will have four different e-book readers available for people to come and try using as well as general information about what e-books are and what they mean for the humble print book.

The Tea Tree Gully Library is asking for your help in deciding how to approach this new and exciting technology. Come in, have a play and let us know what you think!