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Linton Library aims to Kindle interest in e-books with reader raffle

Friday, January 13, 2012

By Mark Stalcup Linton Public Library Director Jamie Tyler, left, and Children's Librarian Angie Stuckey hold a new Kindle Touch which will be raffled off in early March. The new electronic reader can store 3,000 electronic books and will be given away to promote the library's new electronic lending program. Linton will become part of a statewide consortium which will enable library patrons to check out E-books from a selection of thousands of titles, including best sellers and classic novels.
The Linton Public Library aims to Kindle interest in their new electronic books lending program -- E-books for short -- by raffling off a high-tech reader concurrent to the program's start.

Raffle tickets will be $1 each for the Kindle Touch, which retails for around $100 new. The giveaway is expected to occur in early March.

"There's no limit on how many chances you can buy," said Sarah Busenburg, who works in the library's circulation department.

"We're talking about, if the weather cooperates, how you may be able to look for us out in the community, and how we may go to some of the downtown businesses and see if they're interested in raffling some tickets."

The Kindle Touch device holds 4 gigabytes (4gB) and allows users to store up to 3,000 books, according to its specifications.

Those equipped with the devices will be able to check out new downloads of bestsellers and classic novels which the library intends to begin lending in late winter.

"I don't know what the number of E-books will be yet," said Busenburg. "We will probably start out with some of the recent hits and best sellers, along with a few classics."

Linton Public Library Director Jamie Tyner said the library will join E-Indiana, a consortium which is the electronic book division of the library's Evergreen Consortium.

Through that collaborative effort with other state libraries, the facility will be able to lend books which are compatible with any E-reader.

"The way it works, we are looking to start the first week of March," Tyner said. "We will be sharing with other libraries, and we're looking at thousands of books. The ones we buy go into our consortium, and we can lend out any which are available in that consortium."

The E-books work like physical books in many respects. Holds can be placed on them, and virtual interlibrary loans can occur. They will be lent for periods of seven or 14 days, but can be checked out from any terminal.

"The E-books can be downloaded anywhere you have a wireless connection," Tyner said. "It will ask for your library card number.

"The E-books are available to almost all our patrons," Tyner said, including Stockton Township residents and those with paid cards.

However, reciprocal borrowers won't be able to use the electronic texts.

Like hard copies of a book, each copy of an E-edition can only be lent out to one patron at a time, Busenburg said.

However, there's one major difference: No late fees, and no need to return the books when they're due. Instead, the electronic data will just disappear from the E-reader on its due date.

"It will just pop off. It's great for patrons, because it will just disappear on the due date," Tyner said.

Busenberg said the library's push to add electronic books was assisted by a slew of Christmas bargains on the new technology.

"We're really excited about the E-book program," she added. "We've had a lot of interest from people, and there were a lot of good sales over Christmas."

The Bloomfield Public Library initiated the first E-book lending program in Greene County last February, said Bloomfield Library Director Stori Snyder.

"Fiction, by far, genre fiction is the most downloaded. Right now, it fluctuates with whatever is the hot book at the time right now," she said.

"The Help," by author Kathryn Stockett, tops lending lists for now.

Bloomfield lent 178 E-books out during December.

"I don't think that E-books are going to supplant print books," Snyder said.

"I think they will co-exist."

Tyner concurred.

"We're still going to continue to have print books. We're just going to have best of both worlds."

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