Patten Free Library to host 'eBooks 101'

Posted Wednesday, August 31, 2011 in Features

Patten Free Library to host 'eBooks 101'

BATH — On Sept. 13, the Patten Free Library will host a hands-on information session on eReaders and eBooks. The presentation is free, open to the public, and will begin at 6 p.m. in the library’s second-floor Community Room.

“Many people don’t realize that you may not even need to buy a dedicated eReader to enjoy digital books,” says Roberta Jordan, an outreach librarian at PFL who is organizing the event. “eBooks can be read on a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet, or even a cell phone. With so many sources of free reading material available in this new format, eBooks are a great alternative to buying and owning a printed book. But the process involved in acquiring and reading eBooks can take some getting used to.”

The presentation will include a demonstration on how to use the library’s “Overdrive” service to borrow eBooks as well as an overview of the considerations involved in buying an eReader. Representatives from Apple computer and Barnes & Noble will be on hand to talk about the devices they offer and to demonstrate their special features. There will be time before and after the presentation to try out a Nook, an iPad, a Kindle, or a Sony Reader with assistance from library staff and vendors.

“We’re excited about this information session because it will also provide the library with an opportunity to introduce its new eReader lending program,” says library director Lesley Dolinger. “We have just purchased three reading devices and will begin lending them in late September. We hope that giving patrons the opportunity to read books on a borrowed device will help them decide if an eReader is right for them, and if so, which one best meets their needs.”

Community members with questions about the presentation or about eReaders in general may contact Jordan at Patten Free Library, 443-5141, Ext. 25.

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