Ebook Options At GF LibraryThe Grand Forks Library is now in the ebook business. With the popularity of reading a book with a Kindle or iPad, there is a growing demand for libraries to provide books.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
Librarian Janice Sayer is showing off a new piece of technology that will give library cardholders the option to check out an ebook, audio book, or even a movie without making a trip to the library.
"For those living in rural places. It would be a great benefit to them because they would not have to drive how many miles to get to a library to pick up a hard cover or a physical book," Janice Sayer, reference librarian, said.
Getting an ebook is as easy as logging onto the Grand Forks Library website.
Once on the Libary2go page, you can browse or search through books, audio, and movies and video. Enter your library card info and you can download it to your computer or handheld device.
Sayer says like books in the library, if somebody has checked out the book, you will have to wait they are done before you can read them. Downloads are available for a two to three week period. After that the book text data can't be opened.
The real push for the service was to make the library more available .
"If you are reading War and Peace. Would you rather have something this big or rather have something like a little Sony reader that you can take with you," Sayer said.
Audio books can be downloaded to most devices. The ebook service is available to just computers for now. An application will be added later for smart phones, a handheld readers.