Denton Library Now Offers Kindle E-Books

Library offers free electronic book checkouts

By Sara Story
|  Friday, Sep 30, 2011  |  Updated 5:22 PM CDT
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Denton Public Library now offers Kindle-friendly e-books, which just became available to public libraries just last week.

Sara Story, NBC 5 News

Denton Public Library now offers Kindle-friendly e-books, which just became available to public libraries just last week.

Like libraries across the nation, Denton Public Library offers electronic books as part of its collection.

Kimberly Wells, North Branch manager, said Denton Public Library started its e-book collection a few years ago, and now offers Kindle-friendly versions. Kindle-friendly e-books became available to public libraries just last week.

"They (Kindle readers) are a huge part of the e-reader population," she said.

E-book readers can check out books from the comfort of their homes.

"People with iPads, with smartphones, with laptops, and with the Kindle, the Nook, the Sony Reader -- they all have access to these library books," Wells said.

Readers call it a step forward.

"I think it is an example of how media is becoming digitized," Benjamin Harris said. "We all have computers in our pockets now."

Harris said the best part is that readers can check out e-books for free, and there are no late fees.

"Just when the book hits its three-week mark, they can no longer access it, and it goes to the next person," Wells said.

But some readers prefer holding on to the paper version.

"I just have never taken them up because I am really technologically illiterate," Dorris Chipman said. "I like the feeling that I am holding on to the printed page."

Denton Public Library said it would never eliminate its in-house collection but it's important to keep up with the e-book trend.

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