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Got a Kindle? Download Your Library Rentals

The library has hundreds of electronic book rentals available.

The holds thousands of books, audiobooks, movies and CDs for patrons to borrow. They also have hundreds of books that you can't see on the shelves—electronic books for iPads, Kindles or laptop computers.

Jay Chatterjee, the head of reference at the library, arranged for several demonstrations to teach patrons how to download e-books onto electronic readers. Mike Skarra, an instructor at the Adult School of the Chathams, Madison and Florham Park, will teach two classes on how to download books from the library website.

The first class for using the Kindle with the library's e-books will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. A second class on using iPads will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.

Jay Marine, the director of product management for the Amazon Kindle, said, "Libraries are a critical part of our communities and we're excited to be making Kindle books available at more than 11,000 local libraries around the country."

Chatham residents and other library patrons can sign up for the class by calling the library at (973) 635-0603, or by stopping by the Circulation Desk.

Among the e-books available through the website are recent nonfictions such as "Catherine the Great" by Robert K. Massie and best-sellers from The New York Times, such as "The Tiger's Wife" by Téa Obreht and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson.

Laura January 18, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I love reading and since I bought a Kindle I love reading ebooks. I use the library a lot but I also wanted to let readers know that there are sites on the internet that provide free ebooks like Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/) that has tons of free classic books and Freebooksy (http://freebooksy.com) that provides a daily free contemporary ebooks.
Melissa Cavallone January 18, 2012 at 01:20 PM
If you actually look at the ebook listings, they are usually all checked out with waitlists. Personally, I don't find it all that helpful if none of them are available. I just ran a search for all kindle books in English that are available, for example, and there were only 5. Good luck if there is a particular book you are looking for!
Jay Chatterjee January 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Melissa, I can understand your frustration. You were keen to download ebooks to your Kindle, and you thought that because they were electronic you would get them immediately. EBook publishers DO NOT ALLOW US TO LEND THE SAME BOOK TO MORE THAN ONE PATRON AT THE SAME TIME. Also, the ebooks that most libraries buy - rent, actually, because we do not own ebooks the way we do printed books - are best sellers. So they are the books that are most in demand. But, like print copies of bestsellers, many patrons have holds on them. Just as you would have to put a hold on a book in print, you have to put a hold on an ebook. What our library has done is to become a member of Net Advantage. This means that once a week, we check the list of Chatham patrons who have holds on ebooks. When we find more than 4 holds on a title, we buy a second copy. We hope that this will allow our patrons to get ebooks faster. Please put a hold on our ebooks! We want people to use NJ Digital Library, and get the books that they want. Jay Chatterjee Head of Reference Library of The Chathams

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