New ebook loans service success in Derbyshire

A NEW ebook loan service from Derbyshire County Council libraries is proving so popular the authority has added a thousand more books to its stocks – and there are more to come.

Due to demand from readers, the authority has boosted its stocks of downloadable ebooks to more than 1,600 titles – up from 600 when the service was first launched.

Another milestone has also been reached – the council has just signed up its 2,000th registered user.

County council leader and cabinet member for culture Councillor Andrew Lewer said he was pleased the service had really taken off.

“We hoped it would be popular and it is proving to be very successful,” he said.

“More than 2,000 readers are now registered for the service which is expanding all the time.

“Demand has been so high we have added to our stocks and now have more than 1,600 ebooks to choose from, ranging from best sellers to classic tales.”

Library ebooks can be downloaded onto an ebook reader, PC, laptop or up-to-date smartphone, but not onto Kindles as Amazon doesn’t allow it but it is thought that may change in the future.

Readers can choose their own loan period – up to a maximum of 21 days – after which the book is deleted automatically following a 24-hour warning.

To encourage people to sign up, the county council is giving away an Apple iPad2 worth £400 in a prize draw and there is still time to enter.

Anyone who registers for the ebook loan service by Saturday, December 10, will be entered into the draw.

Coun Lewer added: “People seem to like the flexibility of downloading a book at any time of the day or night as well as choosing their own loan period.

“There is an incentive for people to sign up before Christmas as we have a great prize to give away.”

To be in with a chance of winning the prize and to start enjoying your digital read, go to the council’s ebooks homepage and register at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/ebooks

Don’t worry if you are already signed up for our new ebook loans service, existing users who borrow or reserve an ebook between now and December 10 will also be entered into the draw. See the website for full terms and conditions.

Derbyshire County Council has plans to add more books to its ebook loan stock which already features a wide range of good reads including the latest best sellers, fiction, travel, teenage fiction and children’s books.