Launch of eBooks Spurs Residents to get Library Cards

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FLORENCE, Ariz. – The Pinal County Library District formally launched eBooks on Dec. 4 but there was a soft launch a few weeks earlier for staff and librarian training. Since then, demand has been strong as residents learn about eBook availability.

A total of 243 eBooks have been checked out since the soft launch and 311 since the absolute beginning.

At last week’s eBook launch, the libraries had between 400 and 500 titles. Today there are 682 eBooks in the online catalog. More titles will be added as staff members review requests and bestseller lists.

“The neat thing is once you have your library card, you don’t have to step foot in a library to enjoy our eBook collection,” said Denise Keller, Pinal County Library District Director. “We’d love to see you but all you need is the 3M Cloud Library application on your tablet or Windows PC. You can check the books out from anywhere there is internet access.”

Libraries are seeing an increase in people registering for library cards, too. There were 148 more library cards issued in the last two weeks than the two weeks prior (Apache Junction and Casa Grande libraries use a different system and those statistics were exempted from this analysis).

“The Veterans’ Day and Thanksgiving holidays fell in the previous two weeks so that may account for some of the difference but interest has been strong considering the public eBooks launch was just last week,” Keller said.

The top ten eBook downloads are:

Jack Reacher: One Shot by Lee Child

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber

A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith

The Expats by Chris Pavone

The Hard Way by Lee Child

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Wicked Business: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel by Janet Evanovich

The public library network in Pinal County features eBooks, audio books, videos, free Wi-Fi access and activities for youth and families. Find your nearest library at http://goo.gl/q2nQ0.

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