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Globe Life

July 13, 2007

Book review: Library has thousands of eBooks available

Have you ever been in the middle of a project and needed a little guidance, maybe just a few pages of instruction? Ever been working on a paper for school and needed more resources but the library is closed? Daydreamed about going on a vacation and have a destination in mind, but are unsure about what you can do once you get there?

Joplin Public Library has a resource that can help in all those situations and more that is ready for you to use from anywhere you have Internet access.

NetLibrary eBooks is a collection of 6,240 books available for you to use anytime, anywhere with your library card and a password. You are required to set up your account at the library before you can use it, but this is a simple process. Just come to or call the Reference Desk (624-5465) with your library card number and you can have an account in minutes. The books are full-text and cover a wide variety of subjects including travel, management, nursing, literature, plumbing, Web site design and home buying.

You can set the language to use when you search for a book, choosing from English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai, with English being the default language. However, the content of the book will display in the language used for publishing. eBooks are available to browse for 15 minutes or to check it out for four hours. Once you have the book open (click on “View this eBook”) you can browse through the book page by page, use the table of contents to open a chapter, or search the eBook by word or phrase. If you find an unfamiliar word, you can look it up in the dictionary and even hear how the word is pronounced. Save notes on the book by using the “Notes” tab or you can print pages of the book. Printing or downloading the whole book is not possible, but the book is always there to use. If someone else has it checked out, you can request to be notified by e-mail when it is available.

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