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E-books create new chapter in libraries

E LOOK...Kathryn Armstrong, left, and the Gazettes Janis Blower at the launch of the new service.

E LOOK...Kathryn Armstrong, left, and the Gazettes Janis Blower at the launch of the new service.

THE days of having to wait before borrowing your favourite book are long gone ...

South Tyneside Libraries turned a new electronic page this week, with the launch of an e-book lending service.

Borrowers can now download more than 500 titles to their own e-readers, ipad, even smart phones, just by going online.

There’s a variety of titles to choose from, including the whole Harry Potter collection, as well as travel guides.

Kathryn Armstrong, libraries development officer, said: “It means you can borrow a book at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will appeal, we hope, not just to teens and 20-somethings, but to anyone who can’t get to the library during usual opening hours.

“There are even no fines.

“Once the loan period is over, it just disappears from the borrower’s e-reader.”

The new service has been assisted by a grant from the Sir James Knott Trust, allowing the purchase of wireless Kobo e-readers to help library staff assist users.

It was officially launched by Shields Gazette features writer and Cookson Country columnist, Janis Blower, who said it reflected the library service’s ability to constantly adapt to new developments.

To download the books, borrowers need a valid library ticket and pin number.

The new e-books were launched as part of events to mark World Book Day.

For help, contact your local library or phone 427 1818.

Twitter: @shieldsgazpaul

 

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