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Local libraries adapting with technology and offering digital lending for eReaders

By CAROLINE GABLE

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - eReaders, electronic book reading devices, are growing in popularity by leaps and bounds.

With that growing popularity, The Mid-York Library system is working to meet the demand for virtual books, with the help of technology.

Virtual books maybe the wave of the future, but before you get started, you want to make sure you have a digital e-reader that's library compatible - such as the iPad or the Nook.

While there are many compatible eReaders on the market, some, like the Kindle, won't work with library virtual books due to licensing agreements. So, library officials say to double-check with before you make a purchase.

Currently, the Mid-York Library System offers almost 800 titles online that you can download for free, and hold on to for up to two weeks, just like you would a tangible library book.

To get started, you need to install free programs on your computer that will authorize your device with digital rights management.

You then provide an email address and password to Adobe Digital Editions. Adobe will help manage your downloads.

Once that's complete, you can visit your library system, such as the Mid York Library system at www.midyork.org and click "My Library," then go to "view e-books" and click the title of your choice.

Next, plug in your e-reader and download.

Some e-readers, like the iPad don't even require you to plug into a computer. It all only takes a matter of minutes, and then you can take your eBook wherever you go.

"They are much more portable,"said Fritz Meeunsen, Technical Trainer at MidYork. "If you like to read a lot of books, you can have hundreds of books on these little devices, and when you are going on a vacation, instead of packing 10 to 20 books with you, you have a very thin little device."

If you still have questions about how to download an eBook on your eReaders, you can contact your local local library.

By the end of the week, the Mid York Library System plans to have a manual on their website.

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