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Posted on: July 20, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Take Reading to the Next Level with eBooks

Users have 24/7 access to titles compatible with popular e-reading devices. The Kearney Public Library has expanded its download collection with the addition of eBooks at From the comfort of home, cardholders can browse the collection, check out, and download eBooks and more anytime, anywhere.

eBooks can be read on a PC or Mac using free reader software called Adobe Digital Editions. eBooks can also be transferred to popular e-reading devices like the Sony Reader, the Barnes & Noble nook, and the Kobo eReader. Many eBooks feature reflowable text which allows a user to resize the text and alter the display to fit any screen size. The Sony Reader, the nook, and the Kobo eReader are designed to look and feel like a book and are great for users on the go. The devices feature E INK technology; a screen that reads like paper so it’s easy on the reader’s eyes.

“eBooks are growing in popularity and we are excited to offer this new format in addition to thousands of audiobooks currently available,” said Matthew Williams, Library Director. “We are starting out with a great selection of best-selling eBook titles, all of which can be read on your computer or compatible portable reading device. We will continue to expand both the audiobook and eBook selections through the ongoing purchase of additional titles.”

Kearney Public Library’s opening collection features 169 titles including Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”, Scott Turow’s “Innocent”, and Bill Madden’s “Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball”.

To check out eBooks and audiobooks, users need a valid Library card, computer, and Internet connection. Once downloaded, digital media can be enjoyed on a computer and transferred to popular devices such as MP3 players, iPods, Smartphones, and more. At the end of the lending period, titles automatically expire and are returned to the collection. Users may return eBooks early.

Kearney Public Library partners with OverDrive, Inc. (, a global leader in digital media services, and the Nebraska Library Commission, to offer the download service.

Interested users can go to the Library website,, and click on the Downloadable Audio and eBooks link on the left side of the page or go straight to

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