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Boyd County Public Library offering session on eBooks

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ASHLAND -- Boyd County Public Library is offering a session to show people how to download free books and other materials on eReaders.

"Your Digital Library" will be held twice: noon Monday, Jan. 14, and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Both will be at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. Those who attend need to bring the device to which they wish to download.

Library staff will give an overview of the free downloading services available through BCPL, including OverDrive, Freading and OneClick digital. Staff will then work individually with participants to download materials, as time permits. Instruction sheets will also be available to take home.

OverDrive is the ebook provider for Kentucky Libraries Unbound, a consortium of libraries in the Commonwealth which BCPL joined in 2006. Through OverDrive, BCPL customers have access to more than 12,000 ebooks and 10,000 audiobooks.

Freading was added to the library's downloading services in 2012. The collection includes more than 20,000 titles, with about 600 new ones added each month. Freading offers multiple copies, so there is generally no waiting, even for new releases.

OneClick digital is the library's audiobook provider, which gives BCPL card holders access to about 4,000 always-available audiobook titles published by Recorded Books.

Links to all of these free services are found at www.thebookplace.org

BCPL spends about 20 percent of its materials budget on the purchase of ebooks and downloadable audiobooks. For more information, call 606-329-0090.