The readers' best bargain

Key to the City

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 3:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 3:41 p.m.

For those who love to read, libraries have always offered the best deal in town: Books and magazines — all to savor for free.

So how does this bargain translate in the age of eReaders and virtual books?

Same as ever. Still free. Bemoaning the cost of downloading an eBook through Kindle or the Apple store? Check out the Alachua County Library District's Next Generation free digital collection at

Through OverDrive, the Library District's main digital collection provider, you'll find more than 15,000 eBook titles, including some 10,000 ready for instant checkout, and thousands of downloadable audiobooks and Disney Online eBooks for children.

With Zinio for Libraries, your library card gives you access to digital magazines — everything from Consumer Reports to Woman's Day. Check out the selection and learn how to get started downloading at

Not tech-savvy? The library staff will help you learn how to access these materials through updated tips and tutorials posted at, and will field questions at 334-3939.

For help with digital materials, Hands-on Handheld mini workshops are offered during bookmobile stops at the Senior Rec Center on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 2 to 5 p.m. — Nickie Kortus

Nickie Kortus is Marketing and Public Relations Manager at the Alachua County Library District.

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