Project Mill-E presents Ask the eBook eXperts

Have you ever gotten so frustrated you wanted to throw your Kindle at the wall? Is your Nook just a high tech paperweight? Have you ever wondered why you have to place a hold on the eBook of JoJo Moyes’ or James Patterson’s latest bestseller?

As part of Project Mill-E, Harris County Public Library’s initiative to circulate one million eBooks in 2016, our eBook eXperts will answer all your digital media questions no matter how big or how small. Whether you have never checked out an eBook in your life, or are a longtime eReader, ask our experts about anything from tech support to collection development.

Use the comments section below, or ask us on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag: #ProjectMillE

540,000 and Counting! Project Mill-E at the Midway Mark.

July 1 is the midpoint of the year and we thought it would be a good time to give you a progress report on Project Mill-E, Harris County Public Library’s initiative to circulate one million eBooks in 2016. In a word, the progress has been amazing! Since January 1, HCPL eBook readers have checked out 540,669 items (compared to a smidge over 397,000 for the same period last year—an increase of 36 percent). Any way you slice it, that is some serious eReading.

Harris County Public Library wants us to check out a million eBooks this year!

Today I’m blogging about eBooks--about electronic books and electronic audio books. People know that they can buy electronic books, but how many of your friends know that YOU are reading the free library versions?

The advantages of reading and listening to electronic books are numerous. You can read or listen to them on your favorite electronic device that fits in your bag, pocket, or purse and goes with you everywhere. You can download them any time of day or night from our website. You can read them beside your spouse in bed without keeping him or her awake. You can enjoy the perks of your device, to change the font and font size, adjust the light intensity to your comfort level, bookmark your stopping place, note your favorite passages, and retrieve instant definitions for words that you don’t know. To their detractors, I admit that they don’t feel like a book. But they do feel like joy.

Electronic book lending is burgeoning. OverDrive, the vendor from whom we and many libraries across the U.S. and Canada contract our eBooks, published these amazing statistics about their electronic library book usage in the last year.
As for us, last year, our county library checked out 850,000 eBooks and eAudio books. This year we at Harris County Public Library are inviting you to boost our circulation statistics to one million. Are you with us?!

All Kinds of Electronic Media!

Remember, Harris County Public Library has all sorts of resources you can use electronically, without coming into the library!  This includes ebooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music, magazines, and comic books.  You can get to them by clicking "eBooks & More" above. You can even set up an electronic-only library card account at www.hcpl.net/iknow.

Ebooks, audiobooks, movies & music. Popular titles!



Downloading eBooks and AudioBooks Class


The Maud Marks Library is offering a free class this Saturday, December 5 at 10 AM on downloading ebooks. Have you ever wanted to read or listen to a book on your iPad, Nook, or Kindle? Bring your device and your library card to learn how to do just that using one of our ebook resources. If you don't have a device you can practice on ours. Seating is limited so registration is required.

You can register here.

Holiday Help 24/7

During the holiday season, the library may be closed, but you can still access seasonal recipes, crafts, and decorating ideas, online, with your library card.  Now is the perfect time to try an eBook, digital magazine, or our Hobbies & Crafts database. Start browsing our eBook collection, and just add your subject to the search, or use the available search limiters.  Read new issues of Food Network Magazine, Southern Living, Good Housekeeping, and more, right now, with Flipster.

Just in Time for the Int'l Quilt Festival Houston: "Who You Callin' a Fat Quarter?"

Just in time for the International Quilt Festival Houston is coming up October 29 - November 3 at the George R. Brown Convention, we've created a Featured Collection of Quilting and Needlecraft eBooks, "Who You Callin' a Fat Quarter?" on OverDrive.

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