November 17th Newspaper Column

Over the past few weeks I’ve heard from a number of people asking about downloading books to read and books to listen to from the library. Yes, you can do that. Yes, we encourage you to do that. And yes, it’s free.

Whether your device of choice is a Kindle, Nook, iPad, or other electronic gizmo, there are free materials for you. And the collection is growing – the Winnefox libraries have budgeted $30,000 to make sure copies of popular books for readers of all ages are available to download. There is a small bit of free software to download onto your home computer in order to make this work, and you have to set up an account by using your library card, but from that point on you can download materials any time of the day or night. The checkout period is either a week or two, depending on title and your preference. You can place holds for e-books just like you can for paper books. And honestly, it’s pretty slick. I will always love paper books best, but am looking forward to borrowing some library e-books next time a road trip looms in my future.

Need a little help getting started? Stop by and we’ll walk you through the process. No, we aren’t experts (yet) but together we can figure out almost anything :)

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