Check out eBooks at Everett Public Library

  • by <a href="http://areadinglife.com/author/raverill/" target="_blank">Ron</a>, Everett Public Library staff
  • Wednesday, December 26, 2012 2:38pm
  • LifeA Reading Life

EBooks are a relatively new thing in the history of written stuff. Sure, there were clay tablets, papyrus scrolls, and hand-copied books for eons back in the mists of time, but even mass-produced printed books have been around for nearly 600 years. EBooks are scarcely a zygote.

In spite of this newbie status, the amount of titles available in this infant electronic format is increasing dramatically as the number of e-readers and tablets proliferate. And this trend will continue until the next technology comes along.

I am no Luddite, and in fact have worked on the slightly techy side of computers, but I did not see myself as a potential eBook reader. I like books, holding them, turning pages. Conversely, I don’t particularly enjoy staring at computer screens. But as free eBooks became available in libraries, I was lured by the siren call of near-infinite storage in something the size of a slim paperback. No more vacations with backpacks full of books! No more wondering if the pantry should be filled with food or overflowing stacks of books!

Initially, I feared that the library would carry only best-seller eBooks rather than titles suited to my quirky tastes. However, after thoroughly exploring the catalog, I can state unequivocally that this is not the case. Everett Public Library currently has over 3,000 electronic books including fiction in all genres, kid’s books, young-adult, and non-fiction ranging from history to cooking to biographies. Here are a few of the titles I founds while browsing for eBooks in the EPL catalogue.

A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson

Historical fiction

Available as an eBook, book, large-print book, and audiodisc

In 1923, two sisters, one devout and the other not-so-much, journey to be missionaries on the ancient Silk Road.

Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World by Richard Rhodes

Biography, history

Available as an eBook, book, and audiodisc

Yes Virginia, Hedy Lamarr was an inventor who created the technology that became the basis for cell phones, Wi-Fi and other devices commonplace to modern life. This book tells of her adventures with inventing partner George Antheil, an avant-garde composer known to use airplanes and other machinery in his compositions. High on my to-read list.

The Dead Gentleman by Matthew Cody

Juvenile fiction

Available only as an eBook

A hole through time, zombies, steampunk, a bad guy called the Dead Gentleman, and two kids from different eras attempting to save the world.

Fodor’s 2012 Hawai’i

Travel guide

Available only as an eBook

Billy the Kid and the Vampyres of Vegas: A Lost Story from the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

YA Fiction, short story

Available only as an eBook

Billy the Kid, who is an immortal, and Scathach the Shadow join forces to defeat vampyres who control Las Vegas.

Mirage by Matt Ruff

Fiction

Available as an eBook and a book

Matt Ruff is one of my favorite authors, but I’d be the first to say that he’s not for everyone. His books tend toward the surreal, being full of twists and unlikely situations. Mirage takes the 2001 attack on the Twin Towers and turns it on its head, with Christian fundamentalist terrorists attacking the benevolent Muslim states.

Happy Healthy Monsters: Good Night, Tucked In Tight by Naomi Kleinberg

Children’s picture book

Available only as an eBook

Grover and Elmo teach toddlers and their parents the importance of ample sleep.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Juvenile fiction

Available as an eBook, book, AudioEBook, audiodisc, playaway and DVD

The last refuge for humanity, the city of Ember, seems to be in peril. Lina and her friend Doon try to decipher an ancient message to save the city.

George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis

Biography, politics

Available as an eBook, book, and AudioEBook

A look at the work of this key figure who battled to help America survive the Cold War.

Richard Scarry’s Bedtime Stories by Richard Scarry

Children’s picture book

Available as an eBook and a book

Stay tuned for an informative post on how to check this great stuff out from the library. And don’t forget about our hands on eBook instruction session coming up on Saturday, January 12th.

Be sure to visit A Reading Life for more reviews and news of all things happening at the Everett Public Library

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