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Library EBooks now available for Kindle

RELEASE DATE: September 27, 2011

Contact: Madeline Sheplor
Bellingham Public Library
(360) 778-7227
msheplor@cob.org

LIBRARY EBOOKS NOW AVAILABLE FOR KINDLE

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) and Bellingham Public Library (BPL) are excited to announce that eBooks are now compatible with the Amazon® Kindle eBook reader. Patrons can download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone®, iPad®, Android™, and more.

Kindle users can browse the library’s catalog of bestselling and classic eBooks over the internet from their home PC or Mac computer, check out titles using their library card, and select “Get for Kindle” to deliver eBooks to their computer or Kindle.

“Amazon’s decision to work with libraries was a real winner for library patrons,” said Christine Perkins, BPL Assistant Director. “The majority of our eBooks can now be used with Kindle readers.”

BPL and WCLS provide digital books via the Washington Anytime Library,  part of a statewide group called the Washington Digital Library Consortium. Library eBooks are already compatible with many popular mobile devices such as smartphones, MP3 players, and other eBook readers like the Barnes & Noble® Nook™ and Sony® Reader.

EBook use at the library has been rising fast. “Checkout of eBooks in August 2011 increased 125% over last August,” said Regan Robinson, Public Services Manager at WCLS. “We’re glad to welcome Kindle and other eBook users to the library!”

To find eBooks and downloadable audiobooks, search your local library’s catalog at WCLS.org or www.belllinghampubliclibrary.org.

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