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Take reading to the next level with free eBooks from Washoe County Library System



RENO, Nev. — Washoe County Library System (WCLS) has expanded its download collection with the addition of eBooks at www.washoecountylibrary.us. Library cardholders can now browse the collection, check out and download eBooks and audiobooks any time, anywhere.

eBooks can be read on a PC or Mac using free reader software called Adobe Digital Editions. Many eBooks feature re-flowable text which allows a user to resize the text and alter the display to fit any screen size.  eBooks can also be transferred to popular e-reading devices like the Sony Reader and the Barnes & Noble Nook. (At this time, Kindle does not allow its device to interface with OverDrive, the library system’s e-book provider.)

The Sony Reader and the Nook are designed to look and feel like a book and are great for users on the go. The devices feature E INK technology, a screen that reads like paper so it’s easy on the reader’s eyes.     

“eBooks are growing in popularity and we are excited to offer this new format in addition to thousands of audiobooks currently available,” said WCLS Director Arnie Maurins. “We have purchased hundreds of best-selling and classic titles, all of which can be read on your computer or compatible e-reader.”

Washoe County Library’s opening collection features more than 600 titles, including the latest by James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Fern Michaels, Nora Roberts and many more popular authors.

To check out eBooks or audiobooks, users need a valid library card, computer, and Internet connection. Once downloaded, digital media can be enjoyed on a computer and transferred to popular devices such as MP3 players, iPods, Smartphones, and more. At the end of the lending period, titles automatically expire and are returned to the collection. Users may return eBooks early.

WCLS partners with OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com), a global leader in digital media services, to offer the download service.

This program is funded by an LSTA grant from the Nevada State Library and Archives through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.  The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

To learn more, take the digital media guided tour at http://washoecounty.lib.overdrive.com

If you have technical questions, please call 327-8347.

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