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Launch of eBooks Spurs Residents to get Library Cards
12/13/2012 3:14 PM

Pinal County Press Release

FLORENCE – The Pinal County Library District formally launched eBooks on December 4 but there was a soft launch a few weeks earlier for staff and librarian training. Since then, demand has been strong as residents learn about eBook availability. A total of 243 eBooks have been checked out since the soft launch and 311 since the absolute beginning.

At last week’s eBook launch, the libraries had between 400 and 500 titles. Today there are 682 eBooks in the online catalog. More titles will be added as staff members review requests and bestseller lists.

“The neat thing is once you have your library card, you don’t have to step foot in a library to enjoy our eBook collection,” said Denise Keller, Pinal County Library District Director. “We’d love to see you but all you need is the 3M Cloud Library application on your tablet or Windows PC. You can check the books out from anywhere there is internet access.”

Libraries are seeing an increase in people registering for library cards, too. There were 148 more library cards issued in the last two weeks than the two weeks prior (Apache Junction and Casa Grande libraries use a different system and those statistics were exempted from this analysis).

“The Veterans’ Day and Thanksgiving holidays fell in the previous two weeks so that may account for some of the difference but interest has been strong considering the public eBooks launch was just last week,” Keller said.

The top ten eBook downloads are:
  1. Jack Reacher: One Shot by Lee Child
  2. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  3. 1225 Christmas Tree Lane by Debbie Macomber
  4. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  5. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  6. Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith
  7. The Expats by Chris Pavone
  8. The Hard Way by Lee Child
  9. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  10. Wicked Business: A Lizzy and Diesel Novel by Janet Evanovich
Pinal County has created a helpful video about the eBooks launch. You can view that video at http://youtu.be/U9WY9q-_jn4. For more information and helpful guides go to: http://bit.ly/pcdigital

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