An Auckland Libraries membership gives you access to free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and digital newspapers from all over the world. All you need is a tablet, iPad, smartphone, eReader, laptop or computer, and the service is available 24/7. It provides access to thousands of books and authors without leaving home and once a book is downloaded, you don’t have to be connected to the internet, so it can be read anywhere, anytime. For older people, eBooks are a great alternative to paper books. The devices are usually lighter to hold than large print books, making them easy for sore or arthritic hands, and the font size and page brightness can be easily adjusted to suit individual needs.
Those who find reading too difficult because of sight problems will love eAudiobooks. A great narrator can bring a book to life and open up a whole new way of enjoying a favourite author or genre. eAudiobooks are great for road trips or daily commutes. Those who enjoy craft can listen to a book while leaving their hands free to tackle their projects and gardeners can even enjoy a story while tackling those weeds, with an eAudiobook loaded on to their phone or MP3 player. I have even heard of people getting fit while listening to an eAudiobook on their daily walk.
A tablet or eReader can be preloaded with library books to enjoy while travelling or on holiday, taking up much less space than paper books so leaving plenty of room in your suitcases for shopping. If you finish your books, you can easily download more books from Auckland libraries with a wifi connection, even from thousands of miles away. Ebooks will also never incur overdue fines as they are returned to the library automatically when due.
Any person living in Auckland is entitled to a free library membership. To get your library card, visit your local library with photo ID and a proof of your address and the friendly staff will be happy to help you. Once you have your library card and PIN number aucklandlibraries.govt.nz is your gateway to a world of digital resources and downloading a simple app or two will have you reading your favourite author, a new release or a classic in no time.
Extra help getting started with eBooks is available from your local library, so give them a call to ‘Book a Librarian’ to spend one-on-one time setting up and learning how to use digital resources. Library staff are also able to give presentations to groups or will run classes for small groups. Call your local library for more details.