An astonishing milestone has been reached by Wisconsin’s Digital Library!
This blog is about new paperless reading materials like downloadable audio books, ebooks, and online magazines, made available to you through the Appleton Public Library. I plan to provide helpful tips on using these new products, along with reviews of audio books, music on cd, and movies on DVD and Blu-ray. There may even be an occasional post on genealogy. The library is changing as rapidly as your access to media and the Internet. We want to keep on top of the trends and bring you information and entertainment in a way that fits your life today. -Diana
Wisconsin library patrons have downloaded over 2 million checkouts as of the end of September, placing the state system at one of the highest levels of usage in the U.S. The Wisconsin collection has even surpassed the New York Public Library in number of checkouts.
Since the program was begun in 2005 growth has been steady, accelerating as the cost of e-readers has been reduced and tablet computers have become more readily available. The number of Wisconsin Digital Library circulations reached 1 million last summer, as circulation has increased 69% in the past year, according to the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium.
Library e-books and digital audio books are free to download, and check out like paper library books. The difference is that you can access them out outside the library at your convenience, even when the library is closed. You never need to worry about overdue books as your access expires and the title becomes available to others automatically. All you need is a valid Wisconsin library card, the PIN or password you have created, and a computer or compatible digital device to access the internet.
Some e-readers and smart phones may be able to directly download titles from the internet using an app or through WiFi. Others require use of a computer with free software downloaded, in order to transfer them to your device. Many mp3 players work with the program as well.
Visit the Wisconsin Digital Library at dbooks.wplc.info/ to learn more.
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