Nottinghamshire County Council launch new e-book service as demand soars

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Download e-books for a pound – that is the message from county librarians in Nottinghamshire.

Nottinghamshire County Council is reminding people to take a look at its newly launched e-books service which offers the opportunity for people to download titles for their electronic readers.

It follows figures nationally from industry analysts Nielsen BookScan that paperback sales are down nearly 25 per cent year on year, because of an increase in demand for e-books. However, the study suggests hardback books remain popular.

Nottinghamshire County Council says that loans of hardback and paperback books remain popular in its libraries, but is reminding library users of the new electronic book service which offers an alternative format.

More than 1,000 of the most current and popular titles are now available.

Each e-book costs £1 and up to five titles can be downloaded at any one time for up to 21 days. After that the e-book automatically becomes inactive, meaning no late fines. Library users can also add a book to their wish list if it’s already been taken out by another user and they will receive an email when it becomes available.

Nick London, team manager for library resources, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We are aware of the changing market in publishing which is why we have launched the e-books service to be able to provide the opportunity for people to download books.

“We are reliant on publishers for the range of titles we can provide in electronic format in libraries – a situation faced by all local authorities – but we introduced the service to reflect the demand for the service from library users.

“We continue to buy a wide range of paperback books to stock in the library service as it is the traditional format of book which remains our staple and primary demand from library users, but it is also good to offer the e-book option too.”

A range of e-Book readers can be used, including mobile phones and computers with internet access, Apple’s iPad and the Sony e-Reader (but not Amazon’s Kindle which can only be used for Amazon purchases).

E-books can be downloaded to a PC, Mac or laptop from Nottinghamshire County Council 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

All you need is a valid Nottinghamshire Library card and pin number (available free of charge to anyone living in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) and a Paypal account.

To get a library card, register online with Nottinghamshire County Council.