The Friends of the Woodburn Library recently voted to spend $2,500 to allow the library to circulate Kindle Paperwhite e-book readers to patrons.
The objective of the purchase is to add flexibility to library e-book purchases, to allow the library to affordably purchase additional copies of popular books and to allow library patrons to experience an e-book reader without having to purchase one, according to City Administrator Scott?Derickson.
The library has already spent $800 to purchase five Kindle Paperwhites with covers. The Kindle Paperwhite has a built-in light and long battery life and is intended to resemble a printed page with high resolution.
The Kindles will be managed using the librarys existing corporate account with Amazon.com, and the library will permanently own all purchased titles. The library will also be able lock the devices and prevent any changes from being made to them by patrons.
The library will also spend $1,700 over the next year to purchase books to install on the Kindles. Each Kindle will be loaded with titles from a particular genre.
Woodburns Kindles will be restricted to Woodburn adult patrons, as borrowers will be required to sign a waiver indicating the replacement price of the device and various restrictions.
The new Kindles should be available to borrow at the end of January.