Downloadable e-books available at the public library

Wednesday, January 19, 2011 | 5:53 p.m. CST; updated 6:31 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Brooke and Julie Anson explore the possibilities of using eBooks at an event at the Columbia Public Library on Tuesday. Julie Anson said that the versatility and small size of the Nook made it her top choice of the evening.

COLUMBIA — Residents of Boone and Callaway counties can now check out and download e-books without taking a step inside a library.

In an effort to expand what librarians are calling their digital branch, Daniel Boone Regional Library has made arrangements with the vendor Overdrive to provide e-books to library patrons.

If you go

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.

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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.




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