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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Choosing an E-Reader

In a recent New York Times “Personal Tech” column, writer Nick Bilton explored the reading experience on a variety of devices, ("Deciding on a Book and How to Read It," Aug. 10, 2011). Bilton chose one book, The Alienist by Caleb Carr, and read a chapter at a time on a Kindle, a Nook, both iterations of the iPad, an iPhone, an Android phone, an Android tablet, a laptop computer and even a paperback book! His conclusion: “I was torn between the Kindle and the iPad 2 . . . But if money is tight, go for print. My used paperback cost only $4.”

Whatever your choice – and e-readers do have some advantages – they can store a lot of reading material for that trip to the beach or flight across the country – the library offers an extensive collection of free downloadable eBooks and other e-formats through Overdrive and several other vendors.

For those new to e-reader technology, staff at several branches are offering one-on-one sessions or specific classes:

Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library offers ongoing personalized eBook/e-reader instruction with a trained staff member. Call 703-790-8088 to make an appointment.

Oakton Library will offer eBook/e-reader instruction on Sept. 15, 22 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. to help you learn about e-book/e-reader options and/or your e-reader. Call 703-242-4020 to make an appointment.

Reston Regional Library will offer "Discover EBooks" on Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. to celebrate a generous gift from the Friends of the Reston Regional Library to increase our eBook collection with a live demonstration on how to download eBooks.

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