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eBooks & eAudiobooks
2017 was a record-breaking year for eBooks and eAudiobooks. Nationwide, more than 225 million digital titles were borrowed from libraries and schools, an increase of over 14 percent from 2016. This increase was fueled in part by OverDrive’s award-winning new app, Libby (the “one-tap reading app”), and by a new Google search feature, “Borrow eBook,” which includes, in the search results for any book title, a list of local libraries where the eBook is available.
In American Fork, the demand for eBooks and eAudiobooks rose 58 percent in 2017. In one month alone, our library circulates 5,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks—a number which accounts for nearly one-fifth of our annual circulation.
The print book—that work of art that embodies the love of God, mother, country, and all that is beautiful—is not going away any time soon. But the eBook is carving out a niche in the modern world and proving its value in the twenty-first century public library.
As a library board, we are encouraging readers to try something new during the month of May. Borrowing an eBook or an eAudiobook from the American Fork Library is as convenient as going to the library’s homepage and clicking on the “Download eBooks & eAudiobooks” icon.
You can follow this link for step-by-step instructions or stop by the library and we’ll be glad to get you started. Our live, honest-to-goodness librarians will talk you through the process and even send you home with a good, old-fashioned hand-out.
All you need is a digital reader, a smart phone, or a computer.
Through our own holdings and our agreements with OverDrive, Utah’s Online Library, and RBdigital Audiobooks, we offer easy access to thousands of best-selling titles.
Come to the library and check it out!
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