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eBooks: A library at your fingertips.

One of the questions we are often asked in the library is “What are ebooks?”.
The short answer: it’s an electronic book.
The long answer: it’s changing the world.

eBooks are one of the most exciting developments in libraries. They are revolutionising the way we access information and how we provide it to the community. Currently, the Shire of Dardanup Library Service has access to online eBook collections of over 30,000 titles – that’s an entire library available at the touch of a button (or swipe of a screen).

Just like a printed book, eBooks have cover art, an author, editor, illustrator, publisher and story. They can be any length, can be bookmarked at any page or section, and are available in any genre – from cookbooks to children’s picture books to graphic novels.

Why should you read eBooks?

digitization_images_headerLet’s face it, we love the feel, the weight, and the smell of ‘real’ books; many of us couldn’t imagine reading any other way. Chances are though, in today’s digital age, you’re already reading and even writing eBooks without knowing it: the report emailed to you at work, or that assignment you’ve just handed in. Pretty much any mid-to-long-length electronic document, viewable on a screen, is a sort of eBook. In fact, we are reading more and more information on screens than ever before.

Convenience is a primary factor for the use of eBooks. Probably the most appealing feature is that you can access them at any time from anywhere, 24/7. The versatility and flexibility of an eBook allows you to change font size, the colour of the background page, and sometimes even the layout of the entire book. Instead of earmarking or marking up pages of a print books, eBooks allow you to add and delete bookmarks and notes at will and can easily be referenced at the click of a mouse or touch of the screen. Finally, all text in an eBook is searchable and can be hyperlinked, allowing you to jump back and forth between chapters, contents and glossary.

How eBooks are transforming the world

Probably the most revolutionary aspect of the rise of the eBook is the the ease with which a rapidly growing number of communities can access information. In the Rwandan town of Rwinkwavu, a local library has been embracing eBooks, which has been beneficial to their economically disadvantaged community. Through their local library and the instant access of eBooks, Rwandans can now select from hundreds of titles on all kinds of subjects and genres. This access is transforming the community. Children are now not only learning to read, they are developing interests in ideas, concepts and subjects they would never otherwise have been exposed to. Adults in the community are learning to master new skills in trades and finance, many even running their own businesses. People around the world are being empowered by accessing the information eBooks provide.

eBooks at Shire of Dardanup Library

At Shire of Dardanup Libraries, we are continually enhancing the services we offer.  With our international eBook vendor Overdrive, we are excited to provide an extensive elibrary to our members. If you can’t find it in the library, have a look at the Overdrive online eBook collection  with over 30,000 titles. Our collection holds a range of subjects and series favourites such as Harry Potter and Hamish Macbeth as well as bestselling authors including:

All you need is a membership card and an internet connection to browse and download ebooks through our catalogue or, if you have a mobile device, through the Overdrive app. For information about accessing the wonderful features of our eBook and digital collection please visit our eBooks page or download our simple step-by-step user guide.  If you still have questions, bring your tablet device or laptop to the library, and we’ll help you see how easy it is to access the library online.