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Bryan adds e-book technology at library

January 6, 2013

With the new year, changes have come at the Bryan Public Library. A new web page brings E-books to make borrowing from the library as simple as connecting to the web site.
All you need is a Kindle, Nook, tablet or smartphone and the world of reading is at your fingertips. The latest technology allows for hundreds or even thousands of books to be carried easily in a Kindle, Nook or tablet. The e-readers are a dream come true for people who love to read and the Bryan Public Library is making it simple to borrow reading material without a fee.
“To offer our patrons more selections, Tombigbee Regional Library System has partnered with the Columbus Lowndes Public Library in the Mississippi Ebook Consortium,” explained TRL Director Mary Hellen Waggoner. “With so many people owning smartphones, Kindles, Nooks, etc., we are excited to offer this new service. We will be adding additional titles to the e book list gradually.”
The library was recently awarded a Library Services and Technology Federal Grant administrated by the Mississippi Library Commission to purchase electronic book which can be read on a variety of devices. TRL also received another LSTA grant to upgrade the library’s web site.
You must have a library card in order to take advantage of this free service. E books are borrowed at two week intervals, just like regular books. At the end of the two weeks, the book will simply disappear from the device. This eliminates overdue book fees. Up to five books may be checked out at one time. If the e book you are looking for is checked out, simply put in a hold request for the book.
To get started, you must be somewhere with wireless internet access. If you do not have WiFi at home, the library offers free WiFi as well as most area restaurants. Free WiFi is coming to Sally Kate Winters Park. You can hook up to the internet, download your e-books and read them at home.
Library card holders may browse the main web site at www.tombigbee.lib.ms.us, click on the Overdrive icon at the bottom of the page and use the library bar code and pin number to get started. Users will need to install the free Adobe Digital Editions available on their device. The initial set up does take some time.
At this time new e books are not available from the publisher for free download. The Bryan Public Library is looking to add the classics to make it easier for students who need the books for English and reading projects. If you have a particular book in mind, ask any librarian or library assistant if the book can be made available. Come and check out the new e-books at the library.

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