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New tablet owners learn about library’s digital offerings in bookmobile

Olmsted Falls resident Linda Renz asks Pablo Chois, an OverDrive digital library specialist, a question about downloading audiobooks to her tablet.

 

By Kevin Kelley

Fairview Park

If you recently obtained a tablet computer, such as an iPad, Kindle Fire or Nook, and are trying to figure out how to download content, you’re not alone.

Ninety-two people visited the OverDrive digital bookmobile when it stopped at the Fairview Park Branch Library Aug. 6, branch manager Elaine Wilkinson said.

OverDrive, a Garfield Heights-based company that digitally distributes e-books, audiobooks and music to libraries and schools, sends the bookmobile to libraries across the nation to educate users on how to access its content.

The bookmobile is equipped with laptop computers, high-definition monitors and interactive learning

stations. Its gadget gallery features

the latest smartphones and tablet

devices.

Linda Renz, of Olmsted Falls, visited the bookmobile with her husband, Russell, to learn how to make better use of her iPod Touch, iPad and Kindle.

“I want to know how to get an audiobook,” she explained.

Russell said the two have a good knowledge of how to use the devices that have surged in popularity the past three years, but would like to improve.

“We’d like to move up to the next level,” he said.

The couple, he said, want to access e-books and audiobooks for use during a vacation they are planning take later this year.

Pablo Chois, an OverDrive digital library specialist who manned the bookmobile during its stop in Fairview Park, said the Renzes are not alone in their interests. Most bookmobile visitors had questions about how to access the library’s offerings of e-books and audiobooks, he said.

“Either they just bought a (tablet) device, or they got a device as a gift,” Chois explained.

Other visitors did not own any tablets as yet, but were curious about what digital services are available from their public library, he added.

Bridget Lavelle, a public services librarian at the Fairview Park branch, said most users have a general awareness of the availability of e-books through the library.

Wilkinson said most people tell her they still like holding a printed book.

“But e-books have a good place in their lives, too, because when they travel, they can load up a bunch of books on a tablet,” she said.

To learn more about digital offerings from the Cuyahoga County Public Library system, visit http://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/What-to-Read/eBooks-and-Audio-Books.aspx.

 

 

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