Talking points to patrons


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Suggested points to make when talking to patrons

If your library does not have an eReader to lend, you could say … 

  • The library does not own eReaders to lend, but we do have handouts and a Web site about eBooks and hardware to get you started. You could give them a “Handouts for patrons” called “Introduction to eBooks”.

  • At least half of eBook readers are reading on their computers, laptops and smartphones. eBook readers often read on these devices for six months to a year before buying an eReader hardware. So you probably already own a device for reading eBooks. All you need is software. The Web site http://ebooksinlibraries.blogspot.com has links to reviews of software. Look in the “For patron” section for “Information and reviews”.

  • Before buying an eReader we recommend looking over the sources of eBooks before buying. The Web sites of eReaders tell you where to buy online eBooks for their devices.

  • To see where eBooks are available, check out the links in the “For patrons” section in “Free eBooks” and “Cheap eBooks.”  These links are in print form on the “Handouts for patrons.” Web page. The document is called “Sources of eBooks”.


  • Libraries have Overdrive collections for all eReaders, except Kindles.

  • When you finding an eBook you want to read, jot down the formats the eBook is published in. Use this list of formats to select an eReader that will display this format.

  • Another factor you should consider in purchasing an eReader is what do you want to do with it. If you want to only read eBooks, then the e-ink eReaders are probably best. Those are the the nook, Sony Readers and Kindles.

  • When you are ready to consider purchasing a device, we have three documents and a Web site that can help.

    • In Handouts for patrons, read “Comparison os six devices for reading eBooks” and “Devices compatible with Kansas’ online collection of audiobooks, eBooks and movies”.

    • In the “For patrons” section, look at the Web page called “Information and reviews”. This gives links to the official Web site of the devices and online video reviews of the devices.

    If your library is circulating eReaders, you could say …
    • The library lends the following eReaders:

      • We lend them for the following purpose, e.g., he--p patrons choose an eReader, teach patrons how to download Overdrive eBooks, supplement interlibrary loan and holds of new bestsellers, introduce new eBook authors, etc.

      • If you are considering buying an eReader, we recommend:

      1. Investigate where you will get your eBooks. For example, many patrons are buying Kindles and THEN asking their local librarian if the library can provide eBooks. The answer is “No.” Libraries can provide eBooks for any eReader except Kindle. So investigate where you want to get your eBooks from. The Web site http://ebooksinlibraries lists sources of free and cheap eBooks. We recommend checking out these sources.

      2. When you identify where you want to get your eBooks, write down the formats of the eBooks on that Web site.
      3. Use the list of formats to select which eReaders to investigate.
      4. Another thing to consider is whether you only want to read eBooks or do you also want to surf the Web and do email. If you only want to read eBooks, then e-ink eReaders, e.g., Sony Reader, nook “classic”, Kindle, are probably best. For surfing the Web and doing email, consider tablets like iPad.>
    • When you are ready we can teach you how to load free and cheap eBooks from free Web sites such as Overdrive into the eReader of your choice.Edit HTML

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