Something we’ve wanted to do for quite some time is finally a reality – we have Kindle eReaders available for check out! There are 6 of them and based on feedback from our patrons, we decided to have each one focus on particular genre(s) (or a portion of a genre). The 6 Kindles are: Romance; Cozy mysteries (lighter mysteries without explicit violence, language or sexual content); Mysteries and Thrillers (psychological thrillers like Gone Girl, action thrillers, etc); Nonfiction; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; and General Fiction (everything that wouldn’t fit somewhere else!). If there’s demand, we may add more later!
The reasons why we wanted to make Kindles available to our users are pretty simple. First, it gives folks a chance to try out an eReader – we know from conversations with our patrons that many more people are interested in them than own them! Second, many popular authors are writing and selling short stories and novellas that can’t be purchased in print. Some are available in Overdrive but not all – but now we can buy them for you! Lastly, we can purchase and offer less well known authors – the kind of folks who get great reviews on Goodreads but aren’t so well known that they get reviewed by major publications. We are scouring eBook deals (of which there are many!) so we are buying almost exclusively very cheap – even free – books. As of today’s launch date, two of our Kindles (Romance and SF/F/H) already have over 100 books each!
You’ll have to stop by the desk to check these out because we keep them in the back. We are very excited about being able to offer Kindles, and we hope you’ll use and enjoy them! We welcome your comments and suggestions. Thanks!