Special to the Register

Cooke County Public Library has joined the initial group of libraries throughout North America that offer the innovative Freading™ eBook Service.

This service will allow the Cooke County Library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to tens of thousands of books, none of which require the patron to wait in line to download.

Under the terms of the agreement, registered card holders of the Cooke County Library can download a select number of books each week at no direct cost via cookecountylibrary.org.  The library pays the cost of the downloads.

By visiting the Cooke County Library website and clicking the “Books & More” tab, you can follow the direct link to the Freading™ website. From there, you’ll be able to log in using your library card number and view available downloads.

Other libraries participating in the launch include Maricopa County Library District (AZ), Orange County Public Library (FL), The Edmonton Public Library (AB), The L.E. Phillips Memorial Library in Eau Claire, WI and the Paris, TX Public 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 have been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great content, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use.  We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library fulfill patron’s requests for eBooks and move the library into the electronic age,” said Jennifer Johnson-Spence, Cooke County Library Director.

“Freading is a unique service which will solve a lot of library and patron issues, “said 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.”

In August, the library will be offering formal eBook classes covering how to download books on different devices. If you have questions or need help with the eBooks, you can always visit the library or call at 940-668-5530.

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