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Suffolk libraries offer e-book downloads

Live-brary.com, the digital branch of the 56 public

Live-brary.com, the digital branch of the 56 public libraries in Suffolk, allows visitors to borrow e-books for reading on Kindle, Nook and Sony e-readers; Windows and MAC computer desktops; and iPad, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows mobile devices. Photo Credit: Handout

Suffolk County’s public library cardholders can now download more than 25,000 e-books to Kindle and other reading devices, officials said Wednesday.

The new “Kindle Lending Library” would allow the county’s 1 million library cardholders to download and read books on any e-readers or through mobile devices and desktop computers with e-book capability, library officials said.

Live-brary.com, the digital branch of the 56 public libraries in Suffolk, allows visitors to borrow e-books for reading on Kindle, Nook and Sony e-readers; Windows and MAC computer desktops; and iPad, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows mobile devices. The system has more than 25,000 books available in all formats and 3,700 in Kindle format.

Live-brary.com users can browse for titles with applications downloaded for free to their devices, computers or phones. Some Suffolk public libraries also are making Nooks and Sony Readers available for checkout, officials said.

E-book use is growing in the local library systems, officials said. In August, Suffolk library users downloaded 20,675 e-books, up from 12,176 in January. When the program began in January 2010, only about 1,381 were downloaded, officials said.

The digital library also allows patrons to select free online resources including live homework help and downloadable audio books, movies and music.

Nassau County’s public library system announced a similar e-reader download program earlier this week.

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