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Download an eBook from Nottinghamshire Libraries

16 April 2012

New service for eBooks

Download e-books for a pound – that is the message from our librarians in Nottinghamshire.

Take a look at the newly launched eBooks servicewhich offers the opportunity for you to download titles for your electronic reader.

Paperback sales are down

National figures from industry analysts Nielsen BookScan reveal that paperback sales are down nearly 25 per cent year on year, because of an increase in demand for e-books. However, the study suggests hardback books remain popular.

Loans of hardback and paperback books remain popular in our libraries, but we'd like to reminding you about new electronic book service, which offers this alternative format.

Titles available

More than 1,000 of the most current and popular titles are now available to download. Some of the most popular titles include:

  • Lee Child - Bad Luck and Trouble
  • Edith Cotterill - Nurse on Call
  • Michael Wood - The Story of England
  • Peter Temple - Bad Debts
  • Dick and Felix Francis - Crossfire.

Each eBook costs £1 and up to five titles can be downloaded at any one time forup to 21 days. After that the eBook automatically becomes inactive, meaning no late fines.

Library users can also add a book to their wish list if it’s already been taken out by another user and they will receive an e-mail when it becomes available. 

Alternative format for library users

Nick London, Team Manager for Library Resources, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: "We are aware of the changing market in publishing which is why we have launched the eBooks service to be able to provide the opportunity for people to download books.

"We are reliant on publishers for the range of titles we can provide in electronic format in libraries – a situation faced by all local authorities – but we introduced the service to reflect the demand for the service from library users.

"We continue to buy a wide range of paperback books to stock in the library service as it is the traditional format of book which remains our staple and primary demand from library users, but it is also good to offer the eBook option too.”

How to get started

A range of eBook readers can be used, including mobile phones and computers with internet access, Apple’s iPad and the Sony e-Reader (but not Amazon’s Kindle which can only be used for Amazon purchases).

EBooks can be downloaded 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

All you need is a valid Nottinghamshire Library card and PIN number (available free of charge to anyone living in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) and a Paypal account. To get a library card, register online.

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