Library cardholders who own Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and other electronic reading devices will be able to download more than 1,000 e-book titles through the Sonoma County Library website, Sonomalibrary.org.
The service debuted September 6.
Borrowers can choose the loan period for most books: one, two or three weeks. After the due date, the e-book will simply disappear from the cardholder’s e-reader device, a convenience that also puts an end to late fees.
If no one has put a hold on the title, the e-book can be immediately checked out again. Borrowers may check out up to five titles at a time, and may place a hold on up to five titles.
The Sonoma County Library Foundation has given $35,000 to the Sonoma County Library to help build its e-book collection, which includes many new bestsellers. E-books represent the fastest growing sector of the publishing industry. Over 65 percent of public libraries in the U.S. have added electronic books to their collections, and the demand for e-books is increasing.
To borrow an electronic copy of a book, library users can simply find the e-book title in the catalog, click on it, and follow the downloading directions on the next screen. The Sonoma County Library’s e-book collection will include many popular titles, as well as digital versions of about a million books through openlibrary.org, a division of the San Francisco-based nonprofit Internet Archive.