E-readers, such as the Kindle and Nook, are portable devices designed to allow readers to download and read books and periodicals. In response to the growing need to support e-readers, the Pueblo City-County Library District now offers a database called Overdrive, which allows those with a valid library card to download books for a variety of e-readers, PDF files of books for the computer and “smart” devices, as well as audio books. Another reason to love your library: this service is free of charge.
The library’s e-books and audio books will behave much like print books. Patrons can check out e-books for three weeks, after which time the books will automatically be removed from the device. This means no overdue fines for those who forget to return items on time. If a title is unavailable, patrons will be able to place a hold on the title and be notified when it’s available.
Overdrive does require some preparation before accessing all of its perks. Users will need an up-to-date computer with Internet access, as well as the site’s free software before being allowed to check out material. If all this seems overwhelming, Overdrive offers an easy-to-use help module that will guide users through the steps of getting started on the site.
If classic books are more your style, try Project Gutenberg (gutenberg.org), an online collection of Dickens, Shakespeare, and the like. The site is free of charge and supports both the Kindle and Nook formats.
Visit the library’s website for more information and for links to Overdrive and Project Gutenberg at pueblolibrary.org