Many libraries offer a wonderful service by letting you borrow free digital books. First, apply for a library card, in person, at your library of choice. Second, download and install free reading application software on your computer or mobile device.
Next, select the books you want to download from your local library and enjoy! See your library’s website for further details, specific instructions, and catalog of available digital books. (Note: In the U.S., most digital books are stored on OverDrive’s servers).
Besides books, you can also borrow digital Audiobooks, Music or Videos through the Los Angeles Public Library or any major U.S. city’s library. Lending periods vary from title to title. At the due date, some e-Media will automatically disappear from your device, or you click a button to return the file. Surprisingly, you can even burn some titles!
Recently, regarding e-books, the LA Times reported that,
“HarperCollins — publisher of authors such as Anne Rice, Sarah Palin and Michael Crichton — does not allow its e-books to be checked out from a library more than 26 times. After that, the license on the e-book will expire, and libraries will have to decide whether to buy a new one. For library users, that could mean longer waits for popular titles, tighter limits on how many times an e-book can be renewed and the possibility that e-books that are not repurchased would be available at the library for only about a year.”
Publishers worry about public library e-book competition, a growing issue, as the popularity of e-Readers and mobile devices skyrockets. What do you think? Do libraries pose a threat to the digital publishing industry? Do you think anyone in the world should have access to local, public library e-Media, as long as they have a library card, increasing competition for availability of certain titles? What are your thoughts?
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