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Check it out Williamson County Library introduces e-reader availability

Derby Jones

Kay Bjork, left, president of the Friends of the Library talks with Williamson County Librarian Dolores Greenwald about a availability of electronic reading devices at the library as Librarian Lynn Slayers, center, looks on.

The Williamson County Main Library at 1413 Columbia Ave. in Franklin is offering Nook and Kindle e-book readers for check out.

Barnes & Noble Nooks and Amazon Kindles are tablet-like e-readers and can hold about 20 books. Currently the library is offering two categories of books – romance and non-fiction adventure. According to library spokesperson Jeffie Nicholson there are currently only two book publishers that are selling to libraries, Random House and Harper Collins.

“We have adapted to the new technology,” said Nicholson. “The nooks are convenient and they are also helpful to people with eye problems. Some versions of the nook are also available on audio,” she said.

This is an enjoyable way of trying new technology at your own pace and comfort without the high-pressure sales stress. 

The library has a policy and strict requirements about the borrowing of these devices. Borrowers must at least 18 years old and reside in Williamson County as well as hold a library card in good standing in accordance with existing library policy. Additional requirements include showing photo identification and proof of residency. Complete details on the eReader policy are available at the library and

eReaders are available for up to three weeks and must be returned before seeking to check out again. The devices will be loaded with various e-book genres, including bestsellers, romance, and non-fiction materials.


Publisher Derby Jones contributed to this story.



Posted on: 10/10/2012


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