When top Thurrock councillor Lynn Worrall heard the borough’s libraries were holding training sessions on how to download 3-books, she had a thought.
“I suddenly realised I’d asked for one of these e-book readers for a birthday more than a year ago — but as happens with great ideas sometimes, it was still in its box.
“I contacted my local library, booked a training session and then went hunting for the box!”
Cllr Worrall — Thurrock Council’s cabinet member for libraries — added: “The one-to-one training session was great. I am an avid reader and I’m still not certain whether I prefer e-books or paper ones, but I will be trying this out regularly.
“If nothing else, taking your reader with you when you go away — or if you are a commuter for example — has to be easier than carrying a hardback- or even a paper-back.”
Free Thurrock Library cards enable local people to borrow both e-books and e-audio..
E-books are books in electronic form, while e-audio are talking books. Both can be downloaded from the Thurrock Council website (www.thurrock.gov.uk).
Anyone interested — and with a library card — should go to the libraries section (via the A-to-Z) and follow the links – Essex Digital Catalogue and Clipper Audio Books.
The “books” can be downloaded free to your home computer or portable device (such as an iPOD, iPad, iPhone, or MP3 player).