Macon-Bibb County Libraries now Offer E-Books
Checking out a book from any of the Macon-Bibb libraries just got a lot easier. No matter where you are, that top selling novel can be right at your fingertips.
"It seems to be going pretty well," said Reference Librarian Catie Tierney. "People seem to be taking to it pretty well, they seem excited."
Beginning November 1, the library system added 600 e-books to its inventory.
"The E-books not only just add, they enhance our collection by offering a digital format," said Tierney.
Just like any physical book in the library, the E-books are available on a first come first serve basis. Meaning, if the library only has one electronic copy of a certain title and it's already checked out, you'll still have to wait until it's return to enjoy.
"We have, I believe one copy of each E-book," said Tierney. "But depending on how popular something is we may end up buying another copy."
You don't need that new fancy E-reader either.
"As long as you have a computer you can access them on there as well," said Tierney.
Tierney used a Nook Nexus which connects to Blio wirelessly to download Elmo Says Achoo! But some tablets will require you to physically plug it into the computer for download.
This can all be done from home and E-Books can be checked-out for one day to two weeks, and the best part.
"There are no late fees," said Tierney. "So, they just kind of go away whenever it's time for the book to expire, they just disappear."
Not even a month old yet, the inventory is building fast.
"Right now, we got lots of different non-fiction and fiction," said Tierney. "We try to order a little bit of everything right now just to get started."
In order to set up an E-book account, you have to go to your local library, in person with your library care, to receive your four digit pin.
If an e-book is unavailable when you try to check it out, you can request to reserve it just like any other book.