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Program increases VSU’s stock of e-books

by Kristin Whitman

It’s no news that technology has become a huge part of everyday life, including VSU campus, but are the students really using these technologies and the ebooks provided?

Ingram’s Coutts Information Services Inc. is offering new additions of a wide range of bestselling content from leading publishers, including bestselling frontlist and backlist titles from Penguin Random House.

These services are currently in use by libraries in 57 countries around the world spanning six continents.

Odum library has adopted 36,000 e-books and 70,000 online periodicals, but do students really like and use this new MyiLibrary?

Mixed reviews were given as to whether students in Odum library has actually used the ebooks or was planning to.

“I like to have an actual book in my hand,” history major Tyler Hembree said. “I can’t stand having to read on a computer screen or tablet.”

The opposing side thought the new ebooks were a great addition.

“I hate reading dusty old books,” biology major Timothy Bryan said. “I would much rather get it from the computer so I can read it anywhere, anytime.”

MyiLibrary was designed as an easy-to-use, comprehensive, online e-content solution for libraries that provides a single source for content hosting, archiving, discovery, access and purchasing.

“At Ingram, we continue to invest in and grow our library services to help libraries succeed in meeting patron demand for books,” said Dan Sheehan, Vice President and General Manager of Ingram Content Group library services. “We are pleased to collaborate with leaders in the publishing industry to expand our e-book collection by adding tens of thousands of new titles to Ingram’s MyiLibrary platform.”

Through the platform, library patrons can read content online or download to a smartphone, tablet or computer.

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