Indy Library Adjusts Limits for Downloadables and Adds Classic Disney Titles
July 12, 2013
In an effort to improve availability for avid readers, The Indianapolis Public Library has increased the number of downloadable eBooks and audiobooks that can be checked out at one time from 12 to 25 items per library card. Also, individuals may now place holds on 20 downloadable items instead of 10.
The changes in lending policy occur as the Library's collection of eBooks has grown to include over 51,000 fiction and non-fiction titles in various genres: mystery, romance, science fiction, urban fiction, history, business, computer technology, cooking, crafts, health and fitness and self-improvement.
The Indy Library also has added over 600 interactive eBooks from Disney Digital Books to its regular eBook collection. Classics such as 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, Mickey and Minnie, and Winnie the Pooh are included, as well as Disney movie tie-in titles such as Aladdin, Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Pirates of the Caribbean. Also, popular Disney Channel titles that include Wizards of Waverly Place, Hannah Montana, and Phineas and Ferb have been added, along with Disney Fairies titles.
Items in the Disney collection are always available and never require the placing of holds. Disney Digital eBooks are accessible through browsers on Windows or Mac computers and most devices connected to the Internet. Patrons can find specific Disney titles by clicking on the "eBooks and audiobooks" link from the Library homepage at www.indypl.org or going directly to http://www.indypl.org/downloadables/ and then selecting the "Disney Online Books" format in the advanced search option. When checking out a Disney Digital title, click on the "Launch" button to open the book in a browser.
Most library eBooks are compatible for downloading on the Amazon® Kindle eBook reader or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, as well as smartphones, iOS and Android devices, the Barnes & Noble® Nook™, Sony® Reader and other dedicated eReader devices. The eBooks are available through a partnership with OverDrive, Inc., a global leader in eBook distribution for libraries and schools. In addition, patrons can download free public domain eBooks that never expire or count against a patron's loan limit.
As evidence of its growing popularity, the Library's free eBook collection is now averaging over 2,000 downloads per day.