The new Axis 360 digital media library, recently launched by the Stockton- San Joaquin County Public Library, offers e-books to anyone holding a library card through the Blio e-reading application.
The Blio e-reading application can be downloaded from the library website, www.ssjcpl.com, after entering one’s library card number.
Once the app is downloaded, readers can instantly check out e-books for a three-week period, like any other books, according to Heather Mompean, the SSJCPL community relations and marketing officer.
“It could not be easier,” Mompean said. “It lets you look at all the book covers, it lets you read the reviews, it lets you look at a glance inside of the book in case you don’t know the title and you’re just kind of surfing, and then once you decide that you want one of those books, it’ll tell you whether its available or not. Then you just click it and download it to your app.”
The library system has purchased digital copies of books, and in case one is unavailable, readers can put the book on hold. Readers will receive a notice once it is available.
Merrilee Chapman, Tracy branch librarian, believes this will benefit Tracy residents.
“Once you have different options, a broader base of options, and they learn how to use it, it will bring them a greater amount of books to utilize,” Chapman said. “It just makes things more available.”
The purpose of the new app, according to Mompean, is to “appeal to anybody that wants to read.”
Cardholders at all 12 county library branches can also borrow Nook e-readers.
All the Nooks are held at the Cesar Chavez Central Library in Stockton. Readers can request one from their local library branch or order one online, and the Nook will be delivered to the local branch in three to seven days to be checked out.
Each Nook is specific to a genre and is preloaded with 10 to 12 different titles. Titles on the borrowed Nooks cannot be deleted or added by readers, Chapman said.
Library cardholders can also access digital audio books and e-books using the OverDrive platform, which can be downloaded from the library website.
Though the digital media library is expanding, Mompean stresses it is “absolutely not replacing” physical books.
“We recognize that people are wanting to read on the go,” Mompean said. “However you want to read, we want to meet your needs.”
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