E-reader users in Edmonton now have an additional 2,000 eBooks to choose from, titles which can’t be found at any other libraries in Canada.
The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) now carries the exclusive digital titles thanks to major publishing house Simon and Schuster, who saw success with the eBooks in New York, Brooklyn and Queens public libraries. They then chose Edmonton as their next library in North America.
“Those are 2,000 titles that Edmonton eBook readers can now borrow that a week ago they couldn’t borrow. In fact nobody in Canada could borrow,” said Peter Schoenberg, manager of digital literacy initiatives and web services with EPL.
Library officials add the borrowing process is now more efficient with the new online EPL eReader at http://www.epl.ca. Readers also have the option to purchase eBooks instead of borrowing them for three weeks, with proceeds supporting various EPL programs and projects.
“The content I think is remarkable, the integration […] is great too. It’s easier, it’s cleaner and it’s integrated,” said Schoenberg. “We’re hoping more publishers are able to offer eBooks in this same way.”
The new titles bring EPL’s total eBook offering to between 75,000 and 80,000 available.