Sharon books a prize in e-library competition

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One lucky ebook reader is celebrating after winning an Apple iPad in Derbyshire County Council’s library ebook competition.

Dinner lady Mrs Sharon Craig is an avid borrower of ebooks from the county council’s new ebook loan service and was delighted to win the hi-tech gadget simply by signing up.

“It’s a brilliant service, I love borrowing ebooks,” said the 42-year-old mum of four from the High Peak, who says it is very easy to download a good read.

She’s a big fan of crime and thrillers and has already downloaded five ebooks to her smartphone. From now on she will be using her iPad.

But borrowing ebooks from the comfort of her own home at any time of the day or night isn’t stopping Sharon visiting her local library in Hadfield.

She likes regular books and often goes to the library with her four sons; twins Athol and Ellis, 14, Rory, 11, and Connell, 7.

“You have to embrace technology,” she said. “The county council’s ebooks website is very easy to use and there are lots of good books to choose from.”

Sharon, who is a midday supervisor at Padfield Primary School, started using the authority’s ebook loan service last summer after reading about its launch in her local paper. She found it easy to use and says the county council’s website www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ebooks is very helpful.

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