Juneau Public Library has become the first library in Alaska to offer a new eBook service called Freading.
The service will allow the library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to 20,000 books, none of which require the patron to wait in line to download.
Registered Juneau library card holders are allowed four tokens per week which can be used to download e-books at no direct cost via the library’s Freading site, www. juneau.freading.com. The library pays the cost of the downloads.
Other libraries participating in the launch include Maricopa County Library District in Arizona, Orange County Public Library in Florida, The L.E. Phillips Memorial Library in Eau Claire, Wis. and the Paris, Texas Public Library.
Freading has its own apps for iPad, iPhone and Android tablets and phones. It is also compatible with the Kindle Fire, the Nook devices, and Kobo devices.
“We have been looking for an alternative service to the popular ListenAlaska ebook and audiobook download service. We are excited about Freading because it offers great content, compatibility with lots of devices and is simple to use. We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library respond to the growing demand for ebooks within the community,” said Jonas Lamb, Electronic Services Librarian at JPL.
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