E-books have arrived on the digital shelves of the City of Sydney’s libraries, with more than 1,000 titles across a range of genres now available for loan.
From fiction by Australian author Kathryn Heyman, to Mary Shelley’s classic horror, Frankenstein, and children’s books by Leigh Hobbs, there are great free reads available for download.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the free e-books had been downloaded 230 times in the first month, with the most popular title, Susan Greenfield’s 2121: A Tale from the Next Century.
“E-books make sense for a lot of readers, and with the collection growing daily, there’s something for everyone,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Because they’re digital, e-books don’t need to be reserved, don’t take up shelf space, are instantly available around the clock, and automatically return themselves when the two-week borrowing period is up.”
The top five downloaded titles during August (when e-books became available) were:
- 2121: A Tale from the Next Century, by Susan Greenfield (Science Fiction)
- The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion (Romance)
- The Abomination, by Jonathon Holt (Crime/Mystery)
- Andersen’s Fairy Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen
- Alex as Well, by Alyssa Brugman (Young Adult)
To access titles, library members need to install the Blue Fire Reader application and visit the City’s online library catalogue at http://library.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/opac/
When an e-book’s loan period expires after two weeks, the title disappears from the member’s online book shelf – meaning there’s no chance of an overdue book fine. If a member hasn’t finished the e-book, they can simply re-download the title and it will automatically return to the last page they were reading.
There are no limits to how many titles can be borrowed, and reservations are not necessary.
For more information, visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/library
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