Check Out E-Readers from the Library

This is a really neat idea:

The Norwalk Public Library will have a variety of e-readers available for circulation as of Monday, September 20th. Amazon’s Kindle, Sony’s E-reader, and Barnes and Noble’s Nook will all be available for a one week checkout from the main library at 1 Belden Avenue and from the South Norwalk Branch Library at 10 Washington St.

The purpose of circulating the E-readers is to give library patrons a chance to try out different readers before making a commitment to buy one for home use. The library is looking to eventually offer a database of E-book titles available for download, but is launching into the E-book fray this fall with the E-readers.

The same five titles from the bestsellers’ list have been loaded on each of the E-readers: Postcard Killers, Spider Bones, The Help, Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, andOutliers. The E readers also have dictionaries and user’s guides loaded on them.

IPads are also available to try out at both libraries, but for will be for in-house use only.

For more info, contact Chris Bradley at 203-899-2780 ext. 126 or

The Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Avenue, Norwalk, CT 203-899-2780. Corner of Mott Avenue and Belden Avenue. and the South Norwalk Branch Library, 10 Washington Street, South Norwalk, CT 203-899-2790.

But I have to wonder what kind of precautions they’ve taken against damage. And are you only allowed to check out the e-reader once, since it’s really only to evaluate the device?


Posted on September 16, 2010, in Libraries in the News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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