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eBooks On the Move: Tablets Versus eReaders

Thursday, December 29th, 2011 by Bill Ferrell

The modern reader encounters scads of devices which tout the ability to enjoy eBooks anywhere. A broad range of options for screen size, battery life, speed, and web compatibility make the choice complex. Consider your own reading habits when deciding which device best suits your lifestyle.

Tablets offer nearly all the power of a home computer, yet are light and handy for travel. With screens commonly ranging from 7 to 10 inches, they are larger than a paperback, but still smaller than a newspaper. The functional web-browsers are able to peruse the Delaware Library Catalog, check out an eBook, and begin reading, all from the same device! As tablet battery life reaches 10 hours plus, they have become an enticing option for digital readers on the go.

On the other hand, the market for eReaders found its audience, with device prices starting around the cost of a hardcover book. The most compact eReaders can fit in a deep pocket, are about 7 ounces, and boast over 100 hours of battery life. Many eReaders have limited web functionality, so you need to use a computer to check-out eBooks, and then move them to your eReader via USB or Wi-Fi connection.

The odd-man-out in this discussion is the ubiquitous smartphone. Not quite a personal computer, but more than a mini-tablet, an Android smartphone user can find the Overdrive Media Console in the Android App Market to download books directly to their phone. Imagine the next time you are waiting in an airport or a doctor’s office that you can use your cellphone and a Delaware Public Library card to check-out, download, and read an eBook while you wait!

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Free eBooks & Wifi

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 by Beth-Ann Ryan

eBooks linkOn Monday, Governor Markell announced all Delaware public libraries now provide free wifi and free downloadable eBooks! 

You can browse the eBook collection, check out with your library card, and enjoy immediately or transfer to a variety of devices, including Kindle, Sony Reader, Nook, Kobo, iPod, iPad, iPhone, Android, and more. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees!  Check our website for directions on downloading to Kindles, other eReaders and mobile devices.

With hundreds of popular fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from, the new collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can download best-selling novels, well-known classics, self-improvement guides, and much more.   

Please consider supporting the purchase of additional eBooks by making tax-deductible contributions to the Delaware Libraries eBook account at the Delaware Community Foundation.

Happy eReading!

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Open Library & e-Books

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 by robert.wetherall

Libraries are adopting electronic books (e-books) in a big way.  The Delaware Division of Libraries has recently signed a contract with OverDrive, a library “aggregator” of electronic media, to offer this technology to Delaware library patrons.  OverDrive will offer the latest in copyrighted e-books, and it also offers access to over 34,000 older, public-domain titles.

What about the thousands of out-of-print titles which are still under copyright?  How will libraries make these resources available to their patrons?  To address this problem, Internet Archive, a non-profit organization, has recently introduced its “Open Library” resource.  This will allow patrons of cooperating libraries to borrow these e-books at no cost to them.

At the recent meeting of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) in New Mexico, COSLA unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with Internet Archive.  State librarians in all 50 states will coordinate a project to acquire and digitize 1,000,000 copyrighted titles and make them available to their patrons.  Here in Delaware, State Librarian, Dr. Annie Norman, will be the point person on this project.

The Open Library lending program encourages libraries to send their books to the Internet Archive to be digitized. Internet Archive will retain the books in storage, which will allow them to make one digital copy available electronically.  Each participating library will contribute 10 books.

There are currently 100,000 titles in the Open Library.  More than 1,000 libraries in eight countries are participating.  To learn more about the Open Library, see their homepage (

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Inventory at the Laurel Historical Society

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 by Beth-Ann Ryan

?As part of the Delaware Division of Libraries’ “Connecting to Collections” grant,  a group of graduate students from the University of Delaware’s Museum Studies program worked with volunteers from the Laurel Historical Society to inventory and assess several hundred items.

Check out the video below to see some of their work!


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Remembering 9/11

Friday, September 9th, 2011 by Beth-Ann Ryan


September 11 Memorial Bench. Photo courtesy of the Delaware Government Information Center

This afternoon I attended a moving dedication for a memorial bench at Legislative Hall in Dover, DE, honoring the memory of Delawareans lost in the attacks of September 11, 2001.  As we approach the 10th anniversary of September 11, many of us are reflecting on that event and its aftermath.

Since the attacks, a large body of literature has been produced about 9/11.  Below is a list of relevant books, videos, and websites.

Fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks, and videos in the Delaware Library Catalog

Check out our NBC Learn database for access to news, videos, and articles relating to 9/11

Visit the Library of Congress for eyewitness accounts and personal reactions to 9/11.

For a list of victims, including photographs, see CNN’s September 11: A Memorial

The FBI is commemorating the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 by providing links to essays, personal stories, and other resources.

And finally, here is the link to the 9/11 Memorial

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