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5 Ways To Celebrate Read an E-Book Day

Eileen Ybarra, Librarian III, Electronic Resources,
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Readers around the world share their love for e-books during Read an E-Book Day on every September 18. Be a part of the festivities by checking your favorite e-book out from the library, sharing your reading stories online on your social media, or just simply setting aside some time to read.

It’s only a day, and it’s mostly about sharing e-book love with your friends! Here is a list of proposed activities to choose from:

1. Find out more about the library’s e-book offerings

You can learn how to borrow and return e-books without leaving home. E-books offer 24/7 convenience with a tap of a finger or click of the button—even when the library is closed, you can download an e-book to an electronic device of your choosing. To take advantage of ebooks all you need is a library card. Luckily, the entire month of September is Library Card Sign-up Month, so find out how to sign up for a card today!

2. Get a free reading app for a computer, tablet, or smartphone

Many people still assume they need to have a dedicated device for e-books.  In fact, you don’t have to wait a minute longer. You can start reading e-books at any time. All you have to do is to download a free application to your smartphone or tablet, such as an iPad or Android device. There are OverDrive apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone including the Libby app. We also have the SimplyE app which makes most of our e-book collections available to you within a single app. Any smartphone is good enough to read our e-books.

3. Read an e-book right now in your browser

You don’t even need a special app to start enjoying e-books. You are most probably reading this post in a browser like Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. It’s enough to start reading e-books this way!

4. Give a try to self-published books

Self-publishing is a true phenomenon in the book industry.  Here at the library, we offer a couple of different ways to look at some of the best e-books that local Southern California authors have to offer.  For instance, you can check out the Indie California collection through one of our free e-book reading platforms, Biblioboard. Additionally,  the LAPL SELF-e Select Authors collection is another opportunity for discovering the best independently published titles submitted by local Los Angeles authors as selected by staff at Library Journal Magazine.

5. Quickly learn everything about borrowing ebooks

If you worry you’ll have to learn too much to start using e-books at all, just make things easier in one go. Check out these simple instructions from Overdrive on how to read e-books.

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