From the The Chronicle Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia):
A new provincewide library service launched Tuesday in Westville allows borrowers to sit at their home computers to withdraw electronic books, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The digitized tomes, which may be in audio or text format, can be stored in a laptop, desktop computer or on a special electronic reader designed for the purpose and read from the devices’ screens. Audio files may also be stored in hand-held devices for listening and some can be burned to CDs for portability.
“With a free library card and an Internet connection, Nova Scotians can borrow a book anywhere, any time,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “And there are no late fees.”
The Nova Scotia Provincial Library spent $40,000 to establish a downloadable collection of 646 audiobooks, 378 e-books and more than 200 French titles.
Over the next few years, the rural library boards will jointly contribute $38,000 annually to expand the downloadable collection. “The collection should double by this time next year,” More said.
Tuesday’s launch marked the beginning of the program outside Halifax Regional Municipality, where it has been in use for two years. More than 300,000 Nova Scotians, about one-third of the population, use public libraries, More said.
Access the Virtual Collection at: Digitalmedia.Library.Ns.ca