Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What Kinds of eBooks Does the Library Have?

Here's a recap of a little of tonight's presentation on library eBooks. As of today there are about 4,000 eBooks that Berkeley Heights residents can download from You're limited to 5 at a time, and about 90% of the eBooks have a waitlist today. The eBooks work on Kindle, Nooks, and iPads (among others).

This pie chart is not 100% accurate since some of the books overlap categories and I just used Advanced Search to figure out the different types (not an exact science), but it will give you an idea of what kinds of books are available.

Basically, anything you can check out from the library is what you can expect at eLibraryNJ: nonfiction, romance, mystery/suspense/thriller, other kinds of fiction, children's books. The library's eBooks were all published in the past few years (or a little less recently if it's part of a series that is still popular.) There are a lot of bestsellers, too. However, if you're wondering why we don't have certain bestsellers (like the new Steve Jobs book) it's because we can't get books from Simon & Schuster, Hachette, HarperCollins and Macmillan.

Also, it's important to sign in before you search. BHPL is buying eBooks for the use of BH residents only, but you will only find those books if you are signed in.

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