Li­brary to of­fer e-book ser­vice

The Covington News - - The Second Front - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

New­ton County res­i­dents will soon be able to down­load li­brary e-books di­rectly to their com­puter or e-reader from the com­fort of their home.

The New­ton County Li­brary Sys­tem will al­low pa­trons to down­load au­dio­books and e-books from the li­brary’s web­site be­gin­ning Sept. 1. As long as users have a valid li­brary card and In­ter­net ac­cess, no mat­ter where they are, they’ll be able to down­load dig­i­tal books for free.

The new ser­vice is of­fered through Ge­or­gia Down­load Des­ti­na­tion, gad. lib. over­drive. com, and is pow­ered through by Over­Drive, an Ohiobased e-con­tent com­pany. Users will need to have Adobe Dig­i­tal Edi­tions to down­load e-books and the Over­Drive Me­dia Con­sole soft­ware, which is free, to down­load au­dio­books.

Books will be avail­able to “checked out: for 14 days, when the abil­ity to view or lis­ten to them will au­to­mat­i­cally ex­pire. Li­brary Di­rec­tor Lace Keaton said one ben­e­fit of the sys­tem is that there is no pos­si­bil­ity of late fees.

The ser­vice will cost the li­brary $7,900, in­clud­ing set up costs, though the an­nual costs is expected to be $6,400 for ac­cess to 6,547 dif­fer­ent au­dio­book and e-book ti­tles, Keaton said. In ad­di­tion to book ti­tles for adults, Keaton said there are 1,068 ti­tles for chil­dren and teens.

The money for the ser­vice comes from re­cent do­na­tions by Beaver Man­u­fac­tur­ing, the Mans­field-based in­dus­try. Beaver CEO Bill Loe­ble said his com­pany do­nated $5,000 on Jan. 3 to the Porter Memo­rial Li­brary Branch for books and $10,000 to the New­ton County Li­brary Sys­tem on March 12.

“These do­na­tions were made as ex­pres­sions of our pas­sion for ed­u­ca­tion,” Loe­ble said in an email, not­ing the com­pany didn’t spec­ify how the money was to be used.

In a press re­lease, Keaton said, “Our pa­trons have been ask­ing and we are very ex­cited to fi­nally of­fer for this ser­vice. We would like to thank Beaver Man­u­fac­tur­ing for their kind do­na­tion which has made this ser­vice pos­si­ble.”

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