Library acquires Freading, expands eBook collection

May 24th, 2012    Author: Administrator    Filed Under: Community

Beginning June 1, the Clermont County Public Library will debut Freading, a new eBook lending service, expanding the current eBook collection by an additional 20,000 titles.

Freading titles are available 24/7 with a library card – no waiting lists, no overdue fees.

Freading provides electronic materials to library patrons similar to the Ohio eBook Project and SEO Library Consortium.

Freading eBooks can be transferred to eReaders such as the Nook, Kobo and Sony Reader using Adobe Digital Editions. Titles can be downloaded to most Android tablets and phones with the Freading app. A Freading app is also available for downloading titles to iPads, iPhones and the Kindle Fire and is available through the library website.

“We have been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great content, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use. We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing itself to the community,” said Dave Mezack, library executive director.

Titles are available in Freading using a token system. At the beginning of each week, patrons are given 4 tokens, which can be used to download Freading eBooks. Each eBook costs 1, 2, or 4 tokens depending on the release date of the title:

Four tokens – titles less than 6 months old

Two tokens – titles 7 months to 2 years old

One token – titles older than 2 years

Titles can be borrowed for 14 days at which point they can be renewed for another 2-week lending period, if needed. Renewals for the newest titles (less than 6 months old) cost 1 token, but older titles do not require additional tokens.

Contact your local branch for more information or visit www.clermontlibrary.org.

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