With Project Mill-E, HCPL Aims to Circulate One Million eBooks in 2016 (and here is why it matters to you).
We at Harris County Public Library believe in setting goals, and we have set a lofty one for ourselves—or, more accurately, for you, our customers: we want to circulate one million eBooks and eAudiobooks from our OverDrive Digital Media Catalog in 2016.
Right now, you’re probably thinking, “That’s all well and good, but what’s in it for me?”
We’re glad you asked.
If you already regularly check out eBooks here is what reaching the one million checkout mark may mean for you: more funding for the eMedia collection (without reducing the print materials budget), which means a broader and deeper collection, which means more digital copies of the most popular titles, which means shorter waits in request queues. It is simple supply and demand, really.
On the other hand, if you have never read an eBook, we're hoping that Project Mill-E, as we're calling it, may give you a little extra incentive to check one out. After all, eBooks have some features that print just cannot compete with:
• eBooks return themselves, so no more mad dashes to the book drop when books are due, and no late fees--ever.
• No matter how many books you download to your laptop, tablet or smartphone, it doesn't weigh an ounce more. Think about that the next time you're dragging a suitcase full of books through the airport.
• All eBooks have large print options.
• Unlike brick and mortar libraries, Harris County Public Library's digital library, e.hcpl.net, never closes. You have access to thousands of titles whenever and wherever you need it. All you need is your library card and an internet connection.
Throughout the year, HCPL librarians will be creating special suggested reading lists from the digital catalog, and if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you will be the first to know when new titles arrive. Don't forget to keep an eye here for updates as we move toward our goal.
Don't have an HCPL library card? You can get an iKnow Card right now that will give you instant access to our OverDrive eBooks, eAudiobooks and much more!