AMHERST – The Cumberland Public Libraries has joined the latest craze in reading.
The library is now lending e-readers that come pre-loaded with best-selling and new titles in various genres.
“We have three Kobos and four Sonys available,” chief librarian Beth Clinton. “When we got the overdrive system for people to download books we purchased some e-readers to use for training on how to use them. After the sessions were over we figured we’d lend them out.
“It’s a chance for people to try them out to see if they like them.”
Thursday was the first day the e-readers were available and four of them have already been lent.
Clinton said the e-readers each have a genre with the Kobos broken down into fiction, romance and thriller-suspense categories and the Sony readers offering non-fiction, myster, young adult and fiction.
“We picked a lot of newer titles to help us with our holds list and so people wouldn’t be interested in using them,” Clinton said. “We also set them up by genre. For instance, Kobo Number 2 is romance and Sony Number 2 is mystery while we have two that are general fiction.”
The e-readers are available for three weeks and are not renewable. While a deposit isn’t required borrowers are also required to vertify their address and sign an agreement that they won’t download material onto the readers.
“You can take it home and start reading,” Clinton said. “You don’t have to worry about software or downloading from here or there”
Each of the units come with a charging unit and USB cable.
The books also come pre-loaded with a number of classics.