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Peruse almost any holiday gift guide and you will likely see some form of e-reader device or tablet. Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Sony and more. The trend toward digital devices and e-books continues to grow each year, but that doesn’t mean that your love affair with the library has to end. On the contrary, this may be just the beginning of an exciting new chapter.
Wherever you find yourself in these days of digital downloads, Omaha Public Library has something for you. For veteran e-book readers, it’s easy to get started. Simply start browsing more than 14,000 titles in the library’s e-book collection at omahalibrary.org. Use your library card to borrow e-books for free. The best part? No fines! When your book is due, there’s no need to return it — it simply disappears from your e-reader device.
Those who are new to the world of e-books and not sure where to start can learn about the different devices available and how they work by visiting OPL’s online subject guides (guides.omahalibrary.org/overdrive or guides.omahalibrary.org). These guides provide step-by-step instructions for how to navigate the library’s e-book catalog and make it compatible with your specific device.
If you are looking to buy an e-reader, either as a gift for yourself or someone else, use your library card to access Consumer Reports for free through the library’s website. Consumer Reports’ e-reader reviews will offer unbiased buying advice that you can trust, complete with ratings, recommendations and an e-book buying guide. Do you want to try before you buy? Get some hands-on experience with various e-reader devices at the Find Your eReader Match workshop at Florence Library, 2920 Bondesson St., on Friday at 10 a.m. Call 402-444-5299 to register.
Seasons greetings and happy reading!