COLUMBIA — Residents of Boone and Callaway counties can now check out and download e-books without taking a step inside a library.
What: "You've got an e-reader, now what?" Tutorial on accessing the library's e-books
Where: 100 West Broadway, Columbia Public Library Training Center
When: 2:30 to 4 p.m., Feb. 22
Before you go: Sign up at reference desk or by calling 443-3161.
Librarian Betsy Collins said the service is a response to numerous requests.
Currently, 700 e-books are available, with more added on a regular basis, Collins said.
The list of e-books available include children's books and best-sellers.
Only one person at a time can check out an e-book from the library, based on an agreement the vendor made with publishers. The format of the library's e-books is compatible with most e-readers, except the Kindle.
Collins said Kindles can only read Amazon formatting. Access to the e-books requires a free download of Adobe Digital Editions software. Daniel Boone Regional Library provides instructions on how to download e-books on its website.
The library is offering classes on how to use an e-reader to access the library's e-books. The next class will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Columbia Public Library Training Center, 100 W. Broadway. Those interested can register for the class at the reference desk or by calling 443-3161.