Week of Geek: Let’s get Digital!

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Hi again Geeklings?  Everyone make it through the ice storm OK?  That was exciting, wasn’t it?

Now, this week I thought I’d shift gears and focus on the technological side of being a geek or a nerd or whatevs, and to do that I thought today we’d talk about VPL’s digital resources.  I always think it’s a good idea to remind everyone that the 21st century library is NOT just about books.  You guys already know that if you’ve signed out a movie or a video game, but by ‘not just about books’ I mean traditional books, the kind printed on paper and bound in an easy-to-read package.  Those still exist and are great and every single one of our locations is FILLED with them.  But it’s not the only option for the modern reader (which is you).

With your humble library card and pin number, you have access to so many digital services, often in handy-to-download app form.  Our two big ones are Hoopla and Overdrive, but not too long ago we added Libby, another Overdrive app which is super easy to use.  She walks you right through signing up and then you can read or listen to the books (or comics) right on the app.  We also have RBDigital and AudioBookCloud for more options.

I’m a big fan of Hoopla.  Easy to use and has a ton of options.  The only thing is that you’re limited to 5 check outs per month, but you have so many options.  eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, music and comics.  Yes, comics!  So many comics!  You can get Marvel comics on there now!  You can stream the videos or you can download them to your devices.  If you have a streaming box like Apple TV you can watch stuff on there with Hoopla!

Going back to digital books, one big reason I’m a fan of such is purely practical.  Sometimes you just can’t carry a whole book with you, either ’cause the occasion doesn’t call for it, or your bag is too small or you don’t even have a bag or whatever.  BUT, digital books can fit… wait for it… on your phone!  You know, the device that’s basically an extra appendage to the average person.  You’re more than likely going to have your phone on you at any given time, so if you find you’ve got a minute or you’re bored or you’re just dying to finish that page turner, all you have to do is find a comfy spot, pull out your phone and open the app.  Easy.  Bonus: those kinds of books take up no space in your house.

Now I know there are purists out there who enjoy a paper book.  I get it, I’m right there with you, and don’t worry; print books aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.  The digital ones are just a bonus, a 2nd option.  And as far as I’m concerned, they’re both good options.

So if you guys are looking for a certain book but can’t find it readily available in print on our shelves, give the apps a try.  What do you think Geeklings?  Are you cheering for the new age of reading options or do you prefer nice solid book?  Post away in the comments or write it up on WriteIt.

Have a good week guys, let’s hope spring comes sooner rather than later and until next time, End of Line.

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