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Media advisory: Ebooks @ your library!


Tauranga City Libraries has a new book collection – but you won’t find them on the shelves.

Ebooks have arrived at your library, with over 1300 titles available to borrow on the new online ebook catalogue. Ebooks are electronic books which can be downloaded onto smartphones, tablets and electronic readers.

Libraries around New Zealand are offering ebooks to customers as electronic devices capable of displaying books in easy to read formats become more and more popular.

Collections and Information Manager Smita Biswas says the library wanted to ensure it is keeping up with trends. “Ebooks are an incredibly convenient way to access books on the go, and we anticipate demand for them will only increase. We hope to grow our collection over the next few years as more people take up the service”.

One of the great things about offering ebooks online is that the library doesn’t have to be open for customers to access the collection. Library members can go online 24-7 to download ebooks onto their device. Ebooks will stay on the device for two weeks and will then be automatically removed.

The library is offering 1000 titles for free, with other titles available for $2.00 for two weeks. “In most cases e-books can be cheaper to purchase than their paper counterparts (usually between $10 - $20), but borrowing one for only $2.00 – or in some cases free - is an even more economical way to go” says Smita.

For more information about the ebook collection please contact Smita Biswas, Collections and Information Manager, on 07 577 7260.

Please note: Library ebooks are not compatible with Amazon Kindle e-readers.


Published: Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 15:00 by Tauranga City Council