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Library director announces library receives grant to help offer eBooks

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TELL CITY – Patrons of the Perry County Public Library will soon have access to more than 2,000 popular new eBooks and audiobooks through the eIndiana Digital Consortium.
The library and members of the consortium are the recent recipients of a Library Services and Technology Act grant to grow and enhance an eBook and audiobook collection due to the growing demand for the service.
The goal of the project is to offer patrons a wider range of choices and increase the availability of titles.
“The consortium was developed to leverage each library’s buying power in order to provide patrons a superior product,” said library director Larry Oathout. “This grant will provide for a substantial upgrade to our upcoming eBook collection.”
According to a recent report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, the share of adults in the United States who own e-books reader doubled to 12 percent in May 2011 from 6 percent in November 2010.
This was the first time since Pew began measuring e-reader use in April 2009 that ownership eBook devices has reached double digits.
Furthermore, the report found that ownership among adults ages 18-49 grew more rapidly than any other age group.
“Audiobooks have become very popular in our library,” said Oathout. “With accessibility and affordability of eReader devices, we feel the demand for eBooks will also skyrocket.”
The eIndiana Digital Consortium consists of almost 40 Indiana public libraries providing a comprehensive collection of digital resources from OverDrive, a leading distributor of eBooks and audiobooks. The Perry County libraries plan to start offering eBooks Sept. 12.
Library patrons will be able to download eBooks and audiobooks to their computers or transfer them to an iPod or other MP3 player, eReader or other portable device. This service will be available 24 hours a day and patrons may check out up to three items at a time.