December is the best time of the year for a program about eReaders and the different devices available for purchase. If the library hasn’t bought eReaders, look to the town to find expertise. Find people who are comfortable talking about their own devices, Nooks and Kindles, computers and smartphones.
Staff should be ready to talk about library content, free content, and where to purchase eBooks. Make sure the library website has links to the content discussed in the program, preferably icons that go to eBook services. Don’t forget the local bookstores– they have a horse in this race too.
Start planning the next program now– the post-holiday bash when people bring their new equipment in and practice using it.
E-Book Readers are increasing in popularity at libraries. Here is some advice and policies from libraries in Vermont and New Hampshire. Warning: this information may be outdated as soon as it is published.
“1. Remember you CANNOT download ebooks to a Kindle.
2. I have bought a Nook to show people and they may try it out in the library, but unless you have a large budget, I don’t think lending this piece of equipment is wise. You really can’t limit who you lend it to. Remember: If you can’t afford to give it, you can’t afford to lend it.” -Gail from Dorset Public Library
The Howe Library in Hanover, NH has been loaning e-readers for a couple of years, and here is their feedback:
“We don’t have a written policy per se, but patrons who check out our Kindles must be at least 18 years old. Kindles circulate for two weeks and do not renew. They come pre-loaded with a variety of books (you can see the list here), and patrons are not allowed to download additional content. While checking out a Kindle, we have the patron sign a form that indicates acceptance of the conditions and states that they will not leave the Kindle unattended in a public place and will be responsible for the entire replacement cost of the Kindle ($360) plus a packaging fee ($40) and a processing fee ($15) should the device be damaged or lost.”
The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum also requires patrons to sign a form before they are allowed to check out a Kindle:
The Barnet Public Library also has a form which outlines the responsibilities of both the patron and librarian and must be signed by both:
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