Monday, December 23, 2013

5 reasons to give eBooks/eAudiobooks a go

Not everyone's a fan of eBooks or eAudiobooks, and that's okay. I'm not here to tell you to give up the printed word altogether. (That'd make a great, big, fat liar out of me because I will forever have an emotional attachment to the printed word, and the comfort that a physical book gives me). When we expanded our eBook collection earlier this year (we now offer more than 43,000 titles across four different platforms for you to borrow), it wasn't about trying to replace the printed word. That's not - and never has been - our intent. What we hope to do - and I think we've done that quite well - is allow people to have more choice when it comes to reading however, whenever, and wherever they choose to. I've never been much of a one for living in denial, so I absolutely believe we can have our cake and eat it, too. After all, what else is the point of cake if not to be eaten? So if you're not yet convinced about eBooks or eAudiobooks, here are 5 very quick reasons to give them a try AS WELL AS physical books. (See? I'm not about to push you into something you're not ready for).

1. All eBooks and eAudiobooks are FREE to borrow
You simply need a library card to get started.

2. There are no late fees
Titles are automatically returned when they expire. Some of our platforms even let you return the item yourself before the due date.

3. You don't need to visit the library to borrow or return books
This means you have 24/7 access.

4. You can download eBooks and eAudiobooks from anywhere in the world
You simply need an internet connection. When I was on holiday in New Orleans last year for Mardi Gras, I found it a little hard to adjust to the change in time zones, and raided our eBook collection for something to keep me entertained until my bodyclock was in sync with Louisiana.

5. Text size, style, line spacing and page margins can be adjusted to suit your needs OR eAudiobook speeds can be adjusted to suit your needs

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