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eBooks at your library

JOYCE DIERAUER
special to the daily (library director)

In November 2009, the Summit County Library started offering Adobe E Pub eBooks, which can be checked out for two weeks from the library’s downloadable collection. These eBooks can be downloaded to your PC or Mac computer or transferred to a Sony E-Reader.

All you need to do to be able to enjoy this service is to have a Summit County Library card and go to the library’s web site at http://www.co.summit.co.us/library. Click on the “Downloadable Books, Videos, Music and eBooks button.” Then download the free Adobe Digital Editions software to your computer and proceed to check out up to five titles at a time. As of writing this article, the Adobe E Pub collection consists of 306 adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction books for your reading enjoyment. New titles are being added monthly, and the collection is growing rapidly.

If you are a fan of mysteries/thrillers, you might download “Dead Wrong,” Joanna Brady Series #12 by J. A. Jance. It finds Sheriff Joanna Brady expecting her second child while dealing with a staff shortage, finding the body of an unidentified man in the desert and trying to see justice done.

If you’re a nonfiction fan, try reading “Drive: the Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us” by Daniel H. Pink. This is his new idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

Maybe you like the classics; you can download “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck. Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families – the Trasks and the Hamiltons – whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Another classic you might try would be Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts.” Based on historical people and real events, Miller’s drama about witch hunts and trials in 17th century Salem, Mass., is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria.

If you like bestsellers either fiction or hardcover, we’ve been trying to buy most of them. Some possibilities to download are “The Postmistress” by Sarah Blake where Frankie Bard, while covering the London Blitz, meets a Cape Cod doctor in a shelter and promises to deliver a letter for him when she returns to the States.

In “Fantasy in Death,” by J. D. Robb, NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is having a lot of trouble figuring out how Bart Minnock, founder of computer gaming giant U-Play was murdered.

A nonfiction bestseller would be “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Llifetime” by John Heilemann. Based on hundreds of interviews, character driven and dialogue rich, this reads like a fast-paced novel.


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