Library ebooks prove popular with readers

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A new ebook loan service from Derbyshire County Council libraries is proving so popular the authority has added a thousand more books to its stocks – and there are more to come.

County council leader and cabinet member for culture Councillor Andrew Lewer said: “We hoped it would be popular and it is proving to be very successful. More than 2,000 readers are now registered for the service which is expanding all the time.

“Demand has been so high we have added to our stocks and now have more than 1,600 ebooks to choose from, ranging from best sellers to classic tales.”

Library ebooks can be downloaded onto an ebook reader, PC, laptop or up-to-date smartphone, but not onto Kindles as Amazon doesn’t allow it but it is thought that may change in the future.

Readers can choose their own loan period – up to a maximum of 21 days – after which the book is deleted automatically following a 24-hour warning.

To encourage people to sign up, the county council is giving away an Apple iPad2 worth £400 in a prize draw. To be in with a chance of winning the prize and to start enjoying your digital read, go to the council’s ebooks homepage and register at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ebooks

To borrow an ebook you need to be a member of Derbyshire County Council libraries.

If you are not already a member you can join online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/libraries or visit you nearest library.