Did you know that we provide free e-books at the Library? Did you know that we also loan e-readers? Did you know – get ready for this one – that we even offer e-reading classes and one-on-one sessions?
Or do these seem like dumb questions?
If so, you’re probably a smarty-pants. If not, you’re not alone. A recent Pew Internet and American Life study found that 62 percent of active readers aren’t aware of the e-book services provided by their local libraries. The fact is, most libraries are hipper than you think – and Naperville is one of them. Check out our downloadable catalog and get started!
For those of you already in with the e-crowd, chances are you’re pleased with your options at the Library but you’ve probably noticed that some titles are harder to come by. Here’s another hard fact for you: only 2 of the 6 major publishers provide a practical e-book lending program for libraries. That means if the e-book you want is published by any of the other 4, we aren’t likely to procure it. Forbes magazine elaborates a bit on the issue (with perhaps a bit more objectivity than I can muster).
What are we doing about it? What we can. That means working with the American Library Association and publishers to come to a mutual understanding while we continue to provide you with the books and services you want. The good news is that, even though our position is tough, our e-book collection is alive and growing. Where we can’t purchase an e-title for OverDrive, we can load it onto one of our Nooks.
Start your e-reading experience at NPL today!