THOMAS – Books are filling more than shelves at the Snake River School Community Library -- they are filling up Amazon Kindles.
The Library Board recently allotted technology funds to the purchase of 15 Kindles. The popular portable electronic device that stores books and other print publications is now available for patrons to check-out. The Kindles are now available for the public to check-out.
Librarian Sherrilynn Bair says there are many books available from Amazon free of charge that have been loaded onto the Kindles and the library will also determine which books they will purchase and put onto the Kindles based on cost and book demand.
Patrons wanting a specific title can pay the Amazon fee to the library and they will download the book for you. Essentially creating a library of books on each Kindle.
"We will keep track of what is on each Kindle to help patrons choose what they would like to check-out," said Bair.
Because this is a new endeavor Bair asks that patrons be patient while the library works out any "kinks" that may arise. But assures "that with all the changes that are coming in education, they are doing their best to be prepared to meet the technology needs of the students and staff."
Amazon introduced the first Kindle in 2007 and was sold out in five and a half hours. The Kindle has quickly become a popular alternative to good old-fashioned print books. In the last three months of 2010, Amazon announced that in the United States, their e-book sales had surpassed sales of paperback books for the first time.