For residents who are interested in audio books and eBooks, the Livingston Public Library has a downloadable collection through DigitalLibraryNJ which is partnership between four individual libraries, three county systems, and three consortia including BCCLS (Bergen County Cooperative Library System). The collection includes over 2,157 individual audio book titles which allows for more than 3,400 total copies, plus over 2,000 downloadable copies of 818 individual eBook titles. Also available are 306 MP3 audio books, and 1864 WMA audio books which can be downloaded directly to a computer; Mobile Devicessuch asAndroid™, BlackBerry®, iPhone® / iPad® / iPod touch®, Windows Mobile®, or Windows Phone 7; eBook Reader or portable devices.

“DigitalLibraryNJ enables readers to pick and choose from thousands of titles without stepping foot inside the library,” said Judith Kron, Director of the Livingston Public Library. “Users can download audio and eBooks 24/7, they are portable, and totally free!”

To download an audio book and/or eBook all one needs is a valid library card, internet access, and a compatible device. Once your computer or compatible e-reader is set up, take the guided tour and install the free eReader software. Activate the software, and check out the title, and download to your computer, then transfer to a compatible device. It’s that simple!  If residents would like more information on a particular book, all they need to do is click on the title to receive summaries, excerpts, and reviews. DigitalLibraryNJ also provides information regarding technological compatibility, troubleshooting, and frequently asked questions. Residents are able to check out up to five books on their library card at one time. Previously checked out titles must be deleted from their device in order to make space for other books. DigitalLibraryNJ is supported by OverDrive® Digital Library Reserve™.

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"We have some of the highest check-out rates in the Bergen County Cooperative Library System," explained Amy Hyfler, Assistant Director at Livingston Public Library. “There are a lot of reasons why eBooks and eReaders are becoming more popular with the public; eReaders can carry several hundred electronic books, they can adjust font sizes, annotate and bookmark pages; it is eco-friendly and saves paper.”

The Public Library also holds workshops for residents interested in checking out different models of eReaders including Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Sony Reader. EReaders come in all shapes and sizes. Some re-create the experience of reading on paper using E-Ink technology that can be read in bright sunshine, while others provide a backlit LCD similar to reading a computer screen. Some eReaders have color display screens, provide web browsing or games, while others include magazine and newspaper access. There are a multitude of choices, and staff at the Livingston Public Library can help residents identify which eReader is best for them. Other features to consider when purchasing an eReader are battery life, connectivity, weight, and price.

“Whatever your interest, our knowledgeable staff can help residents make informed decisions,” continued Hyfler. “From how to transfer eBooks from the computer to portable reader, where to borrow or purchase titles, to accessing more than a million free public domain books. For example, Project Gutenberg provides access to 33,000 free eBooks, and Google Books has more than a million titles available to the general public.”

For more information on eBooks and eReaders at Livingston Public Library, call 973-992-4600, or visit the Township website www.livingstonnj.org. Click on Public Library in the left hand corner to access the library’s webpage and the DigitalLibraryNJ online catalogue. The Livingston Public Library is located at 10 Robert Harp Drive, between the Town Hall and Livingston High School.