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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY, JANUARY 4- MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013 45 Library eB00k usage tops 100,000 items In less than a year, more than 14,000 Delawareans have down- loaded eBooks and eAudiobooks, and they have checked out more than 120,000 items, the state Di- Vision of Libraries reportS. Delaware libraries marked the first anniversary of the launch of its eBook lending program on Dec. 19. As of Nov. 30, there were 14,098 users, from every library throughout the state, of the li- brary eBook collection, provided through a contract with Over-, Drive, a global distributor of eBooks and eAudiobooks. Through Nov. 30, checkouts to- taled 121,923 items. In November, users checked out 11,854 items, the highest monthly total to date. "I have been very pleased to see how quickly and how posi- tively Delawareans have re- sponded to our eBook initiative," said Secretary of State Jeffrey W. Bullock. "It is a significant part of our overall effort to provide ma- terials to patrons in the ways they wish to consume them. In addition, the statewide catalog that we have built makes it possi- ble for us to offer these resources in a more efficient manner and to provide a greater variety of ti- ties." Library cardholders may download eBooks to read on the Kindle, Nook and similar devices as well as on their laptops and personal computers. Audiobooks available for download may be played on computers, [Pods and most MP3 players. Daily borrowing of eBooks reached its peak Oct. 27-29, the three-day period when Delawareans awaited the arrival of Superstorm Sandy and suf- fered its onslaught. In those three days, 1,607 items were checked out. "We are pleased with the steady growth of eBook usage, and the circulation numbers dur- ing Superstorm Sandy show how much Delawareans value having access to their libraries from any- where, at any time, no matter what the weather," said State Li- brarian Dr. Annie Norman. When the eBook program was first launched, about 1,300 titles were available. The eBook col- lection now also includes eAu- diobooks, which are new this fall. The entire collection has grown to more than 7,000 titles and will continue to expand monthly, Norman said. With many Delawareans pur- chasing eReaders as holiday gifts this year, Norman reminds them, "Delaware libraries offer an un- beatable value: free Checkout of eBooks through the statewide online library catalog." To donate to the library eBook and eAudio collection, a "Donate" button available through the eBook tab on the library portal (ddawareli- braries.org) links to the library eBook donation account at the Delaware Community Founda- tion. To get started downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, go to http://Delaware.lib.overdrive.co m. Most eBook readers require that a user fu:st download Adobe Digital Editions software. Kindle users need an Amazon account to complete the download process, and there are also apps available for mobile devices. Links to the software and apps may be found on the website. Readers can then follow instruc- tions about downloading and checking out. The standard loan period is 14 days, but users can change the loan period to 7 or 21 days. A book may be returned early, or it can be checked out again if no other user has requested it. At the end of the loan period, the book's title will remain on the user's eBook reader, but access will be denied. Since access is cut off at the end of the loan period, there are no fines to assess for overdue eBooks. Library patrons may check out a maximum of four items at a time. - All 32 county, municipal, and independent public libraries throughout Delaware collaborate to offer free 24/7 access to the online catalog at delawareli- braries.org and Ask a Librarian Delaware; free access to Wi-Fi and computers/internet with the fastest broadband speed in the riation; free access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, jobs databases, homework resources, audio con- tent and DVDs; free informal training for patrons; community partnerships; and much more to support Delawareans in their lifelong learning interests. ANGLE MOON photographer www.angiemoonphotograPher.com (302)227-0782 .00ccent On Travel k AquaSpa HOSTS Cruise Vacations! Is it for you? The Ultimate in Spa/Wellness/Fitness Experience! Cruises, Sunday, January 13th 1 1 am to 1 pm 12 Noon: 15 minute Visual Presentation RSVPs not required but appreciated by calling 302-703-6154 or emailing Donna@AccentOnTravel.usl salon and spa Coastal Highway (Safeway Shopping Center) Rehoboth, DE All attendees receive a $100 Salon Gift Card for cruise vacation reservations deposited by January 2 8th.