Ebook service proves a hit

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A NEW ebook loan service from Derbyshire County Council is proving a big hit with readers who have already borrowed 5,000 books.

It has taken less than six months to reach the landmark and the authority is pleased with the service’s success.

Since July 2011, Derbyshire County Council library members have been able to download library books directly to their PCs, smartphones, tablets and ebook readers.

County council leader and cabinet member for culture Councillor Andrew Lewer said he was pleased the new, free download service was proving popular.

“There has been an excellent take up. Even better than we expected,” he explained.

“The feedback we have received indicates library users find downloading ebooks easy to do and people are obviously taking advantage of its convenience and enjoying the wide range of ebooks available.”

Stocks of ebooks are continually being increased. There are now more than 2,000 titles available, compared to 600 when the service was launched last July.

They can be borrowed for a maximum of three weeks although users can set their own borrowing period.

One of our ebook users who has something special to celebrate is Mrs Sharon Craig of the High Peak who won an Apple iPad in our ebook competition.

A midday supervisor, she is an avid borrower of ebooks and was delighted to win the hi-tech gadget.

“It’s a brilliant service, I love borrowing ebooks,” said the 42-year-old mum of four who is a big fan of crime and thrillers. She has already downloaded five ebooks to her smartphone. From now on she will be using her new iPad.

“You have to embrace technology,” she said. “The county council’s website is very easy to use and there’s a large choice of books.”

Congratulating Mrs Craig, Councillor Lewer added: “We are adding to our ebook collection every week and I hope more people will have a look at what is on offer.

“The service offers readers the chance to borrow an ebook for free and enjoy it wherever they are.”

To register and start borrowing straight away, go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ebooks where there are hundreds of books to choose from.

Currently, market leader Amazon does not allow loaned books to be used on its Kindle device but this may change in the future.