Local Library Utilizing eBooks

by Emily Baird on October 4, 2010 at 1:23 am

If you’re a Muskingum County library user, you can now get books in just minutes without ever leaving your home.

The Muskingum County Library System is one of 40 public libraries in the state taking part in Ohio eBooks, which people can download to different devices with the click of a button. Being a part of this statewide consortium is broadening readers’ choices of books and saving the library a third of the cost it would take to install another eBook system. Staff say eBooks’ popularity has increased, even within the last year, and libraries want to keep people coming through its doors.

"How we matter continues to evolve. We’ve gone from books to a-track tapes to video to DVD’s to technology and computers. We just see this as that next step that we feel Muskingum County residents are interested in and deserve from their public library," says Blair Tom of Public Relations.

A list of usable devices that are compatible with the eBooks are listed on the library’s website. One device that won’t work is the popular Kindle because it is directly linked to Amazon products.

While it’s only the first day, Tom says glitches aren’t a major issue.

"Not yet, just getting comfortable and familiar with the technology, learning the kinds of questions and interests customers have will help us as we have more experience with the product," says Tom.

While you can use the library’s public computers to look up available books, you can’t download them from these computers due to licensing restrictions. A step-by-step guide to take you through the ohio eBooks system can be found at www.muskingumlibrary.org.