Côte Saint-Luc launches downloadable e-book service

E-books at Côte Saint-Luc library

Côte Saint-Luc, February 11, 2011 – Members of the Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library can now download e-books and read them on many popular e-book readers—without leaving home.
“More than 90 million e-book readers were sold across the world in 2010 and some of those belong to our library members,” said Janine West, Assistant Library Director. “Our library aims to be at the forefront of e-technology and offer the best options to our members. As with our downloadable audiobook service, we are offering our members new ways to access books.”
A collection of 142 e-books was added to the digital library on February 3. More e-book titles will be added later this year. The collection will be shared by members of the libraries of Côte Saint-Luc, Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Pointe Claire, and is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. In March 2010, the library launched a downloadable audiobook service and now has 334 titles in that collection.
“Library members have a well-rounded selection of titles to choose from, all from the comfort of their own home,” said Councillor Sam Goldbloom, the council member responsible for the library. “Some readers may always prefer the printed pages of a book, but e-books are increasingly popular with readers. The online retailer Amazon sold 15 percent more e-books than paperbacks in 2010, and three times as many e-books than hardcovers.”
To access e-books, library members can visit www.elcslpl.org, click the emedia link, sign in with their name and library card number, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Library members can check out three downloadable e-books or audiobooks (in total) at a time and can choose a 1-week or 2-week loan period. Unlike downloadable audiobooks, e-books cannot be downloaded at the download station in Audiovisual Department of the library.
The e-books come in two file formats—EPUB and PDF—and can be displayed on many e-book readers such as the Kobo eReader and Sony Reader, but not the Amazon Kindle. Many can also be displayed on tablet computers, such as the iPad, and on other devices, such as the iPhone, iPod, and Samsung Galaxy. The list of compatible devices is available at www.overdrive.com/resources/drc/.
The Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library is located at 5851 Cavendish Blvd. and is open from 10am to 10pm every day. For more information, call the library at 514-485-6900 or visit www.elcslpl.org
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For more information, contact: Janine West, 514-485-6900 ext. 4205 or jwest@cotesaintluc.org

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