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The Richmond Memorial Library is offering more than just books these days. To keep up with the times the library now offers e-books.

Richmond Memorial Library’s Community Services Librarian Leslie DeLooze said they’ve been offering electronic books or e-books for almost a year now, but the idea is still very new. She said they can be put on a whole slue of e-readers from your computer, nook, i-Pad, android device and tablet.

“The nice thing about e-books is that you can get them and download them basically anywhere and they are free just like borrowing a regular book from the library. The other advantage to e-books is that they return automatically so there are never fines associated with them,” said DeLooze.

All you need is your library card and you can download them anywhere in the world. If you’re  you’re new to the e-book technology don’t fret, DeLooze said you can come into the library and the librarians will walk you through step by step.

“We have printed materials in the library if people need help, but if they’re a little computer savy it’s very easy just to go to the libraries website, which is www.BataviaLibrary.org and go to the little box that says download audio books and ebooks and from there it sort of walks you through the whole process,” said DeLooze.

The only downside to the e-books is that the has to library purchase them copy by copy so you may have to put them on hold like a regular book, but other than that they are still fairly convenient. However, Delooze said the library is looking into a service that provides the books without a wait. She said they hope that service becomes available to everyone soon.  

When asked if she thinks regular books will be come extinct anytime soon. Delooze said “No, I wont think they will for a long time, but we certainly do see the popularity of the e-books.” 

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