eReader education: Local libraries offer free help with new devices

Kindle, Nook help at libraries

CINCINNATI - With prices for tablets dropping, tech watchers expect sales of eReaders to slow in 2013. Still, there are about 25 million Nooks, Kindles and other eReaders in the hands of American consumers.

It's no surprise, then, that libraries want to make sure you can use your eReader to peruse their offerings. In some cases, instruction includes tablets and other devices.

Boone County Public Library

The main branch in Burlington is offering eReader help desks through Sunday. The service is free. Registration is not required.

  • Noon to 7:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday
  • 1:00 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • For more information, call 859-342-2665

Librarians will be available to help people get started with their new devices and demonstrate how to access the library's digital media catalog, Kentucky Libraries Unbound.

Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

As part of its TechCenter program, the main branch offers a free class called Introduction to eBooks several times a month at various times. You do have to register, but the class is free. 

Instructors will show you how to use your eReader or tablet to access the free resources available through the library's Virtual Collection.

Kenton County Public Library

You can learn how to make the most of your new device either online or in a library class. The Kenton County Public Library offers both options for free. The classes take place at the Erlanger and William E. Durr branches.

Lawrenceburg Public Library District

You can find free instructions and help with your eReader or tablet online via the Indiana Digital Download Center. The link on the Lawrence Public Library District website includes how-to videos and support.

MidPointe Library System

Patrons of the three-branch system serving Butler County can learn how to master their eReaders and tablets through a link to the Ohio eBook Project on the MidPointe Library System website.

The free step-by-step tutorials cover just about every device on the market. And, you'll learn how to download books, audiobooks, music and more.

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