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IMCPL Expands Offering of Free Downloadable E-Books!

December 6, 2010

Over 15,000 e-books that never expire or count against a patron's loan limit have been added to the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's collection of downloadable materials. These free public domain e-books can be saved onto personal computers that feature either the Windows or Mac operating systems, or added to the Adobe Digital Editions Library, an e-book reader software product.

This latest addition brings the Library's total collection of downloadable e-books comprising most subjects and genres to nearly 22,000. There are also over 7,000 audiobooks available for downloading.

As opposed to other downloadable items that expire, or automatically disappear from a user's computer or personal device after a 7, 14 or 21-day loan period, the public domain e-books are for anyone's use at no cost and virtually no restrictions. Patrons may copy them, give them away or re-use them under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with these e-books.

Patrons must log in with their Library card number to begin the process of downloading any item in the Library's collection from home or other remote location. Patrons are not able to download to a personal computer while at any IMCPL location or to any Library computer.

The downloadable collection is powered by OverDrive, Inc., a digital media provider for schools and libraries, whose OverDrive Media Console is now available from the Library's website for iPhone® users to download MP3 audiobooks.

The Library's downloadable site also features social networking opportunities through Facebook, Twitter and e-mailing a friend. Patrons can let others know about an e-book or audiobook they've enjoyed, or send an email link that opens an audiobook or e-book record.

Download instructions and quick-start guides are available when accessing the Library's "Downloadables" site found in the left column of IMCPL's home page.