Notes from the Living Room #3

Happy New Year from everyone at the Estacada Library!

We are looking forward to some updates and improvements to our library and collection this year: new public computers, a new teen area and a major update to the LINCC eBook service, Library2Go.

If you received an eReader over the holidays you are probably planning to learn how to download books from Library2Go. Some patrons who discovered L2Go over the past year had expressed frustration with its user interface and were confused on how to use it.

The good news: in March, Library2Go will launch a new and improved interface that will make the eBook experience more user-friendly! Overdrive (the vendor that provides L2Go), will offer a simpler way to find, check out and use eBooks and digital audiobooks.

Our staff will be ready to show you the new L2Go interface when it is launched. One way patrons can quickly master downloading eBooks is to, first, get to know how your eReader or audio player works. Our librarians have learned how to download digital materials onto Kindles, Nooks, iPads and iPhones and are here to help you. We’ll keep you informed as the new L2Go launch date gets closer.

eBook downloads continue to gain in popularity amongst Estacada patrons. In addition to the technical questions we receive, you’ve asked why some books aren’t available in L2Go. Not all books in our collection will have an electronic version. One of the issues affecting eBook availability is that some publishers, such as Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster, won’t sell or license e-books to libraries. Random House and HarperCollins have raised eBook prices too high for library budgets. Many best-sellers come from these companies.

If the ebooks you put on hold have a long wait list, try  Library2Go Public Domain eBooks. They don’t expire or count against your checkout limit. Choices include fiction and non-fiction titles.

Downloadable eBooks are still in the early stages of existence so expect changes as the methods of delivery and legal issues evolve. Count on your library to bring you more eBooks and to help you use this exciting new medium.


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