County council’s ebook loan service proving a big hit

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A NEW ebook loan service from Derbyshire County Council is proving a big hit with readers who have already borrowed 5,000 books.

It has taken less than six months to reach the landmark and the authority is pleased with the service’s success.

Since July 2011, Derbyshire County Council library members have been able to download library books directly to their PCs, smartphones, tablets and ebook readers.

County council leader and cabinet member for culture Councillor Andrew Lewer said he was pleased the new, free download service was proving popular.

“There has been an excellent take up. Even better than we expected,” he explained.

“The feedback we have received indicates library users find downloading ebooks easy to do and people are obviously taking advantage of its convenience and enjoying the wide range of ebooks available.”

Stocks of ebooks are continually being increased. There are now more than 2,000 titles available, compared to 600 when the service was launched last July.

They can be borrowed for a maximum of three weeks although users can set their own borrowing period.

To register and start borrowing straight away, go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ebooks where there are hundreds of books to choose from.

Currently, market leader Amazon does not allow loaned books to be used on its Kindle device but this may change in the future.