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Users have 24-7 access to books compatible with popular e-reading devices


LAWRENCE, N.J.—Mercer County Library System has expanded its download collection with the addition of eBooks at www.listennj.com or www.mcl.org. From the comfort of home, card holders can browse the collection, check out, and download eBooks and more anytime, anywhere.

eBooks can be read on a PC or Mac® using free reader software called Adobe® Digital Editions. eBooks can also be transferred to popular e-reading devices like the Sony® Reader and the Barnes & Noble nook™. Many eBooks feature re-flowable text which allows a user to resize the text and alter the display to fit any screen size. The Sony Reader and the nook are designed to look and feel like a book and are great for users on the go. The devices feature E INK technology, a screen that reads like paper so it’s easy on the reader’s eyes.

“eBooks are growing in popularity and we are excited to offer this new format in addition to thousands of audiobooks and videos currently available,” said Library Director Ellen Brown. “We have purchased hundreds of best-selling and classic titles, all of which can be read on your computer or compatible portable reading device.”

Mercer County Library System’s opening collection features 422 titles including fiction from James Patterson, Charlaine Harris, and Robert Parker plus non-fiction titles such as Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. Additional titles will be added each month.

To check out eBooks or downloadable audiobooks, users need a valid library card, computer, and Internet connection. Once downloaded, digital media can be enjoyed on a computer or transferred to popular devices such as MP3 players, iPods®, Smartphones, and more. At the end of the lending period, titles automatically expire and are returned to the collection. Users may return eBooks early.

Mercer County Library System partners with OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com), a global leader in digital media services, and the ListenNJ partnership of New Jersey libraries to offer the ListenNJ download service.