The Jessamine County Public Library is one of the first libraries in the state to check out e-readers to its patrons, kicking off the program with an event Monday.
The library purchased 25 Nook devices from Barnes and Noble, 20 Simple Readers and five Nook Colors. Each device includes preloaded with books from different genres like fiction bestsellers, cookbooks and popular nonfiction, with the color Nooks focused on children’s books.
“It’s a new technology, and it’s something that we want the residents of the county to have access to and give it a chance to try it before they buy it, or if they can’t purchase their own device, they can still enjoy books in that way,” said adult-services librarian Sara King.
Patrons can check a Nook out for a period of three weeks, renewing one time if there are no holds on the device. Checkout also requires signing a user agreement with rules and replacement costs. King said she doesn’t have worries about lending the devices that can cost $200 to replace.