E-book readers are interesting as objects or physical tools — having a whole library in a light-weight, slim-profiled, notebook-sized thing is convenient (elegant, even). But there’s a growing number of virtual e-readers which are a sort of digital shadow of the e-reader objects. There are so many of these e-book apps, now, that the physical “thing” you read on starts to seem like a secondary concern.
Kindle, for example, has a “Kindle for PC” application that let’s registered Kindle users run instances of their Kindle libraries on up to two machines at a time (three, if you count the Kindle device itself). This means readers can read their Kindle content on their laptops or other devices, and frees them from the need to always carry the Kindle machine around. And the contrast is way, waaaay better on a full-color LCD flat screen than it is on that wee & grayish Kindle screen.
The library doesn’t yet offer Kindle, iPad, or other hardware for reading e-books — but we do have 40 desktop PCs and about 5 laptops available to you, as well as tens of thousands of e-books through NetLibrary and other databases.
We’ve tested NetLibrary on iPad, and it’s beautiful — much better than on a “non-touchy” machine.
Look up some of the e-book apps available for your own device (Kindle, Kobo, Project Gutenberg, iBooks, Stanza — there’s bunches of them), and if you have questions about getting access to the e-books we provide at the Library, please ask us!!
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