Wednesday, January 12, 2011

ebooks & public libraries

Can i be a complete nerd and say how much i love borrowing ebooks from the Calgary Public Library? Oh it feels like -30 degrees? No problem - download a book and keep it for 21 days. Just finished Fire by Kristin Cashore that way (Cashore is a fabulous young adult fantasy writer, btw). The ebook service has been around for a little while now, but i only just got around to trying it out.

If only the university's electronic books were this simple & convenient. Ebrary has a great selection of books, but the interface is clumsy and tends to freeze, and the books can't be downloaded, which means that it's almost impossible to actually use for academic purposes (oh, you want to access page 142? well too bad the "go to page" function doesn't work reliably. read a book straight through? no way! it'll freeze on page 30 and when you reload you're back to page one...).

Anyways, ebooks from public libraries are great. Sure beats illegal downloading, not that i would do such a thing...

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