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E-books come to Wayne libraries

April 4, 2012

An enormous bank of book titles are now available as e-books at any of the Wayne County public libraries. Library patrons can now “borrow” the e-book for two weeks, after which the book disappears from your reader, although you can renew it for another two weeks.

“We will be able to access about 20,000 books,” said library director Molly Rodgers. “You don’t even have to come to the library unless you don’t have a library card, which has a 14-digit bar code. When you get your card, the library staff will give you a PIN that must be used when you begin an account.” If a resident has a library card and a PIN, they can get into the system from home.

Usually the library staff makes the last four digits of your phone number your PIN if you don’t choose a number yourself, she said.

The system will only work if you have an Adobe Digital Management account. If you don’t, you can download it from Adobe free of charge, she said.

You may not be able to get a particular book if the publisher of the book does not belong to the company that provides the list of books. You can go to the search box after you get into Adobe and enter the title as a way to find a specific book, or you can browse for it, she said. “They have categories, for example, like history books, or mysteries, etc. There are more non-fiction titles than fiction titles,” she said.

The way it works is that you receive five “tokens” per week that you use to access titles and can get five more the following week, she said. If you don’t use all five, they roll over into the next week.

E-book readers that work in this system are: I-phones, I-pads, Nooks, Kindle Fire, Android devices, Samsung and Sony E-readers. The standard Kindle reader, which is the most common of the readers, is not in the library system.

You must use your computer to access Barnes and Noble “Nook,” but you don’t need a computer for all other readers. You simply go into the system and search.

"You don’t have to worry about the hours of operation,” Rodgers said. “This system works 24/7.”
In order to help folks that may not know how to work the system, there will be e-book hours a couple of times a week, she said.

To learn more about the system, visit www.waynelibrar or contact the library at 570/253-1220.