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As Books get More Digital, Cranston Library starts Lending eReaders

The library will begin loaning 10 Nook Simple Touch eReaders.

The Cranston Public Library has been a statewide leader in adapting and changing in an increasingly digitized world. It has been offering e-books for more than two years at its branches for Nook, Kindle and other eReader owners to borrow and read.

The library is now launching a pilot program that will loan 10 Nook Simple touch eReaders from Barnes & Noble to members of the public. Each will be loaded with books from a specific literary genre including fiction, biography, thrillers, science fiction and fantasy. There will also be options for teens and children.

"With publishing moving into an increasingly digital medium we wanted to offer our users a way to access materials through these eReaders," said Ed Garcia, library director. "It gives an opportunity to those that might not be able to afford the technology a chance to use it. Also for those who want to 'test drive' an eReader before purchase can come to the library."

The program started Sept. 13. The eReaders can be borrowed for up to three weeks. The readers will be available and must be returned at the .

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