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Library offers free e-book downloads and e-reader help

Library offers free e-book downloads and e-reader help

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Reading a book on a digital device is something that many library patrons would like to try. But where does one start? How do you know if you would enjoy reading a book on a digital device? Where do you get the books? How much will all of this cost? Is there anyone out there that can help?

Fortunately, the Reedsburg Public Library has the answer to these questions and more for patrons attempting to acquaint themselves with the world of digital reading. As part of Reedsburg Public Library’s audiovisual equipment collection, two e-readers are available for patrons to check out free of charge in order to find out how they like reading on a digital device. Early in the summer a new Kindle and Nook were added to the library’s collection, and pre-loaded with titles for patrons to experiment with.

Features that e-reader users may want to acquaint themselves with include, on and off functions, advancing pages, using highlighting features, changing fonts, and moving back and forth between books. One of the great features of an e-reader is that it can contain numerous titles in a small space, making it perfect for taking on vacation or having handy in a purse or bag. The library devices contain titles that are pre-loaded by librarians and changed periodically.

Library patrons who already own a Kindle, Nook, tablet or smartphone often inquire about how they may read and listen to books on their device without paying for e-books and audio content. Again, the library offers a free solution through its participation in Wisconsin’s Digital Library, also known as Overdrive. This digital collection is maintained by a consortium of libraries and made available for library patrons to download materials for a two week loan period for free.

To get started with Wisconsin’s Digital Library, readers can pick up their handout at the Reedsburg Public Library. This instruction sheet directs users to go to the library’s homepage at An icon for Wisconsin’s Digital Library may be found near the center of the page. After entering the name of the home library, and a library card number, the reader will be presented with a search screen on which he or she can search for specific titles in various formats. The handout offers some step by step instructions for selecting an e-book or audiobook from the collection and downloading it to a Kindle, Nook or other device.

If there are questions that the handout and the help menus at the Wisconsin Digital Library site cannot answer, librarians will be happy to set up an appointment with e-book users to get their questions answered. “The Library is thrilled to offer assistance to patrons using digital devices and expand the resources for their love of literature,” said Assistant Library Director Kris Houtler.

Get your questions answered, and start enjoying the new digital formats at the library. For more information, call 768-READ (7323).

The Reedsburg Public Library is located at 370 Vine St. in downtown Reedsburg. The library is open 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.


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