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Faster, easier way to download free e-books

Local e-book lovers who have been frustrated by the cumbersome OverDrive system of downloading free e-books from your library will be happy to hear news that we now have a totally new system. It is a new Cloud Library from 3M that allows you to download your e-books faster and much more easily.

You sign in only once via the Desktop App — the system remembers you after that. The steps to download books are greatly reduced. And once you choose a book, you’ll notice the speed of transmission of the e-books to your device – from just seconds to a minute or so, depending on the length of the book.

If you finish an e-book before the normal three weeks allowed, you can check it in with just one click. Otherwise, the system will automatically do it for you electronically after three weeks.

The system also has some flexibility. You can suggest books to be added via an on-line Wish List. And while a consortium buys books for all the Colorado libraries, our library staff also can order titles that our patrons tell us you want.

The new 3M Cloud Library system works on all models of Nook, older models of Sony, and Kobo. You also can download directly onto iPads, iPhones, tablets and cell phones with access to the Android market. 3M is working on a solution to allow Kindles to work with this system as well. It’s not yet available on MacBook but it is good on all other Apple devices.

3M has contracts with the eight big book publishers including Random House, Harper and Harlequin, plus 16 smaller publishers, several of whom would not work with OverDrive and thus limited our choices of titles. Further, once we purchase a title it is ours forever, with no requirement to buy a new copy after 26 checkouts as was true with OverDrive.

To try the new 3M system, go to the home page on the library’s web site at http://pagosa.colibraries.org where you will see an e-book box with a red 3M logo and a cloud. Click on this box and you’ll see a collection of book cover photos of a wide variety of books under the headings Most Popular, New Titles This Month, Featured Novels, Featured Nonfiction and Featured Children’s Books. You also can browse by genre.

If you want some help, mark your calendar for a training session at the library on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Or you can go to https://sites.google.com/site/aspencatebooks.

With one in five adults owning an e-book reader and many more owning tablets and smart phones, we are delighted to be able to offer you this new and improved system for free e-books.

Book sale

Mark your calendars for Aug. 10-11 for the library’s annual book sale, one of the most popular events of the summer. Everyone wins by participating in this event. You get hard cover and paperback books, videos, CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices, and the library benefits from this hugely important fundraising event for us. Watch for more details in next week’s column.

Mysteries and thrillers

“Death and Transfiguration” by Gerald Elias is the latest in the Daniel Jacobus mystery series. “Deadly Pursuit” by Irene Hannon is the story of a social worker being stalked. “The World without You” by Joshua Henkin follows a family reuniting to memorialize the youngest of four siblings in the family. “Heartbroken” by Lisa Unger is a thriller featuring three women set in the Adirondacks.

Poems

“The Art of Robert Frost” by Tim Kendall presents a selection of 65 poems from across Frost’s writing career.

Nonfiction

“Life Everlasting” by naturalist Bernd Heinrich is an investigation of nature’s death-to-life cycle. “The Seven Pearls of Financial Wisdom” by financial experts Carol Pepper and Camilla Webster is a woman’s guide to enjoying wealth and power.

Books on CD

“The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury is the CD of this classic sci-fi book. “Leviathan Wakes” by James S.A. Corey is book one of the new Expanse fantasy series. “Fuzzy Nation” by John Scalzi is another fantasy story. “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card is another classic sci-fi story. “Doomsday Book” by Connie Willis is a sci-fi time travel story. Robert Ludlum’s “The Bourne Imperative” by Eric Van Lustbader is a new Jason Bourne novel. “Wicked Business” by Janet Evanovich is a mystery featuring Lizzie Tucker. “The Third Gate” by Lincoln Child introduces a new hero, Prof. Jeremy Logan, in this mystery set in an Egyptian archaeology site.

Large print

“Trago” by Frank Bonham is a western set in Oklahoma at the turn of the century. “Texas Bloodshed: Sidewinders” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a western about two men returning three vicious criminals to Tyler, TX. “Harbor Nocturne” by Joseph Wambaugh is a thriller set in Los Angeles. “Black Amber” by Phyllis A. Whitney is a romantic suspense story set in Istanbul. “The Edge of Forever” by Sherryl Woods is a contemporary romance about a new librarian in a sleepy town on the Potomac River.

Other new novels

“Tangle of Need” by Nalini Singh is a paranormal romance. “Book of Dreams” by David Bunn follows a woman having frightening nightmares confront basic questions of Christian life. “Picture This” by Jacqueline Sheehan is the sequel to the author’s bestselling “Lost and Found.” “The Long Earth” is a new collaboration by Discworld creator Terry Pratchett and sci-fi author Stephen Baxter. “Between the Lines” by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer is a classic fairy tale with a modern twist. “Tumbleweeds” by Leila Meacham is the story of three friends who forge a lifelong bond against the backdrop of a Texas town’s passion for football. “Blue Moon Promise” by Colleen Coble is a suspense romance rich in Texas history. “The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty is a story inspired by the life of silent film star Louise Brooks.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank several donors, all of whom asked to remain anonymous.

Quotable quote

“They didn’t know it was impossible, so they did it.” — American author and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910) on the Wright Brothers flying.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs, and to reserve books from the comfort of your home, please visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org.

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