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Looking forward to using your holiday gift of a new eBook reader? The Chula Vista Public Library has a large collection of eBooks compatible with most eBook readers, and checkout is free of charge. The library will also host free classes to teach borrowers how to use the service. Sessions are scheduled for Wednesdays, January 22, and February 5 and 19, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Civic Center Branch, 365 F Street. Reservations are required by calling (619) 691-5069.

“In this age of technology, many people are under the erroneous assumption that libraries will become obsolete,” says Betty Waznis, director of the Chula Vista Public Library. “However, public libraries are thriving with the latest technology, including eBooks.”

Just as with the “hard” book publishing industry, authors and publishers must still be paid for online books. “Our eBook collection is free to our cardholders because the library purchases access to them in the same way it purchases books. We hear so many people expressing concern about the mounting cost of downloading eBooks,” adds Waznis, “and they’re astounded to hear that they can download them for free through the library.”

With a library card, signing up for the service is easy via the library’s website at Click on the “Overdrive Enjoy eBooks” box for instructions and book titles.

The Chula Vista Public Library is continually adding titles to its downloadable collection, and they are compatible with Kindle/Kindle Fire, Nook, iPad/iPod Touch, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows Phone and more. Nearly 2,500 titles span best-selling fiction, nonfiction, young adult and children’s books. These eBooks are available through the library’s catalog from the Serra Cooperative Library System’s Digital Download Library.

For further information, go to, or call or visit any of the library’s three branches – Civic Center at 365 F Street, (619) 691-5069, South Chula Vista, 389 Orange Avenue, (619) 585-5755, and Otay Ranch in the Otay Ranch Town Center, 2015 Birch Road, (619) 397-5740.

Posted: January 7, 2014

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