Massanutten Regional Library has joined with other libraries throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia that offer the innovative Freading eBook Service.
Freading will allow the seven-branch library system to increase the size and diversity of its eBook collection, thanks to the Library of Virginia. MRL will now offer, in addition to its Overdrive eBook system, tens of thousands of books through Freading.
Now library patrons of the MRL system can download a select number of books each week on their electronic technology at no direct cost via the library’s website, www.mrlib.org
. The Library of Virginia has purchased Freading and pays for the downloads. MRL library patrons need their library cards and pin numbers to begin the process. For more information about Freading, MRL patrons should contact the Reference Department at the Main Library.
Freading has its own apps for the iPad and iPhone, and its own apps for Android tablets and phones. It is also compatible with the Kindle Fire, the Nook devices, and Kobo devices.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer our patrons access to so many additional free eBooks. The great difference between this service and our OverDrive service is that each of these eBooks can be checked out to multiple users at one time. This means no waiting in line for a specific title to become available!” says Shannon Blosser, Onsite IT Coordinator for Massanutten Regional Library.
“Freading is a unique service which will solve a lot of library and patron issues,” says Brian Downing, co-Founder of Library Ideas, LLC, the company that created Freading. “Libraries can get a lot of great content with no upfront cost and no steep platform fee, and the patrons have a great selection of books to choose from without waiting in line.”
Library Ideas is a new media company focused on the educational markets, based in Fairfax, Virginia. The Company offers eBook, music, movie and language learning solutions to public libraries as part of its developing product suite.