Library to get e-book service next week
The Jamestown library’s new online e-book service at http://riezone.lib.overdrive.com will give island residents access to popular e-books from any internet-connected computer.
OverDrive, Inc., a leading vendor of e-book solutions for libraries, supplied the technology for the new service. “We are proud to be one of 11 Rhode Island libraries to offer OverDrive e-books, and we can’t wait for other libraries to join us,” said Library Director Judy Bell.
Christened “the Rhode Island Public Library E-Zone,” the service will be launched on Jan. 17. “We expect our e-books will be especially popular with commuters because the technology is so easy and portable.” E-books can be read on PDAs, Pocket PCs, and Smartphones, in addition to PCs, laptops, or Macs.
The library’s e-book collection includes bestsellers and classics, fiction and non-fiction from popular authors and leading publishers. Patrons will download free software, and then use their library cards to authorize checking out and downloading e-books. Print e-books are available in Adobe PDF format and Mobipocket format. Audio ebooks use Windows Media Audio format and can be downloaded to many different types of MP3 players. Some books can be burned to CDs. All e-books are available free of charge, and because they are automatically returned there are no late fines.
The Jamestown library’s participation in this program was by funded from the library’s state grant-inaid. Other libraries involved in the project include Cranston, Cumberland, East Providence, Greenville, Lincoln, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucket, Warwick, and West Warwick.