The County of Los Angeles Public Library announced Friday that it will add an additional 10,000 eBooks to its digital collections. These eBooks will be available free of charge for County Library card holders at colapublib.org/eBooks.
Amazon announced Thursday: “Kindle and Kindle app customers can borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 libraries in the United States.”
Support for the Kindle platform means that even more County Library customers can take advantage of the County’s growing digital collection. Other supported devices include the Nook by Barnes & Noble, the Sony Reader, the iPad and smartphones including the iPhone, Blackberry and Android.
“We are a library for the 21st Century,” County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd said. “Our mission is to support reading and the love of books. For 100 years this library has made the printed word accessible to all Los Angeles County residents. For the next hundred years and beyond, we will continue this important mission. Our investment in eBooks and digital technology ensures that we provide continued access to books regardless of format.”
Many library patrons looking to purchase an eBook reader first ask the County Library which one is compatible with its digital collections. With the addition of support for the Kindle, the County Library now supports all major eBook reader platforms.
With the addition of these 10,000 eBooks, the County Library will have more than 13,000 eBooks in its collections. The Library partners with Overdrive, a Cleveland Ohio company, to provide access to eBooks and downloadable audiobooks to its many customers. Library patrons checked out 16,000 copies of eBooks in August 2011 and more than 100,000 copies since the beginning of the service.
The County Library will begin the process of adding the additional eBook titles immediately, with the 10,000 title goal reached in October of this year.
About the County of Los Angeles Public Library
The County of Los Angeles Public Library provides library service to more than 3.5 million residents living in unincorporated areas and to residents of 50 of the 88 incorporated cities of Los Angeles County. The service area extends over 3,000 square miles. Supplementing the 7.7 million volume book collection, the Library also offers magazines, newspapers, microfilm, government publications and many specialized reference materials including online database searching.