March 11, 2011 -
Knox County Public Library has expanded its public help session offerings for eBooks. The free sessions include demonstrations and one-on-one support for eBook checkout. KCPL began offering eBooks in February, providing library patrons with access to 4,150 eBooks for children, teens and adults. With a Knox County library card, eBooks can be downloaded to an eReader, smart phone, or computer, and patrons will have access to them for up to 3 weeks.
Help session attendees will be able to see a demonstration showing how to install and register the required software, and download and transfer an eBook to the reader. Attendees are welcome to bring their wireless-equipped laptop and eReader, and librarians will help them through the download process on their own equipment, time permitting.
Public eBook Help Sessions:
March 14, 6:30 p.m. at Halls Branch Library
April 2, 3:00 p.m. Lawson McGhee Library
April 5, 6:30 p.m. at Carter Branch Library
April 19, 6:30 p.m. at Howard Pinkston Branch Library
Compatible eBook devices include the Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, Mac desktop and laptops OS X v10.4.10 or higher, and Windows 7 or higher. Patrons will also be able to access eBooks through mobile devices, including iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and Android. Unfortunately, this service will not be compatible with Amazon's Kindle reader. For a full list of compatible eReaders, visit www.knoxlib.org.
Please note: not all books are available in eBook format. Some publishers are currently under contract to publish eBooks only in Kindle's format, so some books are not currently available for lending.
"Interim Library Director Myretta Black and her staff continue to look for ways to provide the great services library patrons want," Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said. "With electronic readers growing in popularity, offering eBooks through the Knox County Public Library is a very efficient way to increase the level of service we're providing to our taxpayers."
For more information, troubleshooting and download support, please contact the reference department at 215-8700.
About Knox County Public Library
Since 1885, the people of Knox County have been fortunate to have an impressive collection of library resources. Today, the Knox County Public Library is prouder than ever to offer more than one million books, periodicals, CDs, films, and audiobooks. From innovative programming and reference services to the latest technology, Library staff is working hard to make your library experience more convenient and relevant than ever. With 19 facilities across the county, it's a good time to be a library card holder.