COLUMBIA — Users of the Daniel Boone Regional Library will be able to borrow e-books via Kindle starting Friday.
According to a news release, the library has been checking out e-books on digital reading devices such as Nook, Sony Reader and iPad since January.
OverDrive, a global distributor of digital media, supplies the library's approximately 1,300 e-books, and most of them are compatible with the Kindle, a news release said.
Patrons can borrow e-books through the library's website. With the Kindle, they will be directed to Amazon's website for the check-out process, and can choose a seven, 14 or 21 days lending period. The e-book will automatically terminate after that.
In a community survey conducted during early 2011, surveyors found 42 percent of e-book users own a Kindle. According to Mitzi St. John, public relations manager for the library, e-books will now be more accessible to the public.
"A sizable group of patrons have the Kindle, and we were anxious to provide that service to them," St. John said.
According to the release, patrons have checked out e-books and downloadable audio books 39,065 times through the library’s website from January to August.
At any given time, about 60-70 percent of their e-book collection is being borrowed, said Kirk Henley, a public services librarian. Romance and suspense thrillers are the library's most popular genres for digital media.
St. John said the library is excited about the Kindle’s new availability.
"We’ve been waiting for this for months," St. John said.