As recently as two years ago, only about of a third of Americans were aware that libraries loaned ebooks. So I want to be sure to let you know that the Juneau Public Libraries (JPL) and more than three quarters of libraries nationwide do lend ebooks. Actually, Juneau Public Libraries goes the extra mile and loans Nook readers as well.
JPL has a number of sources for ebooks. The three that I think are the most useful for the general patron are:
ListenAlaska+ brings you digital downloads from the library, available anytime, from home or on the go!
- eBooks (ePub, PDF, Kindle)
- Audiobooks (MP3, WMA)
- Music (WMA only)
Titles available in ListenAlaska can also be found in the library catalog. If you see [electronic resource] next to a title, it is available in electronic format (ie ebook or audiobook).
Freading Ebooks, a new look at ebook lending.
No more waiting for eBooks!
- More than 20,000 ebooks (ePub, PDF)
- Always available, no holds lists.
- Cardholders receive 4 tokens per week to use for ebook downloads. Tokens refresh Monday morning and carryover for 4 weeks.
- Mobile apps available for iOS and Android or you can use the same Overdrive Media Console Mobile app used with ListenAlaska.
- Animated, talking ebooks for kids!
- Select titles are iPad compatible.
- Over 300 titles including 100 in French and Spanish.
I haven’t tried Tumblebooks, but I have used Listen Alaska Plus and Freading on mobile devices and desktop computers. Listen Alaska these days has gotten very easy to use. If you tried it a few years ago and didn’t like it, try it again.
As the name implies, Listen Alaska Plus includes audiobooks. These can come in very handy on the lengthy flights we Alaskans often find ourselves on. Sometimes I’ll check out an ebook or audiobook from the library just to see if I like it. If I do, often I’ll buy it. That’s how I became the proud owner of an electronic library of the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold.