The eBook Debate

eBooks are the one of the newest trends in library technology. GEPL is keeping up with this trend by providing eBooks through our digital download service, eMediaLibrary. We’re constantly providing several opportunities to learn how to use our digital downloads.

  1. You can stop by our Technology Petting Zoo on the second floor and learn about e-readers, tablets, and other devices that work with our digital downloads.
  2. We offer a class about eBooks once a month to help you get started using eBooks & downloadable audiobooks.
  3. You can sign up for a one-on-one training session for personalized help.
  4. The first Monday of every month is our Tech Drop-in from 6:30pm till 8:30pm. Bring your e-reader and questions for our staff!

The library world has been up in arms recently with the news that Penguin, one of the six big publishers, is no longer going to provide eBooks to public libraries. According to an article by Carolyn Kellogg in the LA Times, “The change was unexpected, but it is not surprising. Penguin joins publishers Simon & Schuster, MacMillan, and Hachette Book Group in not allowing e-book library lending. As e-books have increased in popularity, major publishers and libraries — who share the goal of getting books into readers’ hands — have found themselves bumping into a number of complicating factors that seem to put them at odds.”

What does that mean for you as the library patron? It means that you may not see all the books you want to see from our digital download service, eMediaLibrary. It’s not that the library doesn’t want to provide them; it’s because certain publishers won’t sell them to us. The Penguin eBooks we have purchased in the past will still be available. If you are a Kindle user, our Penguin eBooks will now be unavailable for wireless checkout – the screen will read that the books are available “via USB only”. If you want to download a Penguin title, you will have to download it to your computer, plug in your Kindle, and drag and drop the file onto the Kindle. If you need assistance with this, don’t hesitate to call GEPL’s Adult Reference Desk at 630-790-6630.

When can I next get help with eBooks & Audiobooks?

My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber Penguin Books Book Cover

Image via davebleasdale on Flickr

Downloading eBooks Class
Monday April 16th, 7pm
Monday May 14th, 7pm
Learn how to download free eBooks & audiobooks from the library and move them to your e-reader, MP3 player, smartphone, or other device.

Tech Drop-ins
April 2nd, 6:30-8:30 pm
May 7th, 6:30-8:30 pm
Stop by or call the Adult Reference Desk at (630)790-6630 to ask any questions about technology.

To set up a one-on-one training session:
Contact me, Instructional Librarian Phil Spirito, at 630-790-6750.

-Mary Kay, Instructional Librarian

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