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Pros and cons of some e-book services

OverDrive

 E-book and audiobook lending service, available through most public library websites

 Works with personal computers and most smartphones and tablet computers

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 Free to use, offers 1.8 million titles

 Libraries have limited licensed copies of each work; titles are often unavailable

Oyster

 All-you-can-read e-book service

 Access to more than 100,000 titles for $9.95 per month

 Offers many books from major publishers and famous authors

 Available on Apple iOS mobile devices only

 Most recent best-sellers are not available

Scribd

 All-you-can-read e-book service

 Offers thousands of titles for $8.99 per month

 Features many books from major publishers and famous authors

 Books can be read on any device with a Web browser

 Most recent best-sellers are not available

eReatah

 E-book subscription buying service

 More than 100,000 titles; users buy two to four books per month at prices ranging from $14.99 to $29.99

 Offers some recent best-sellers

 Subscribers keep downloaded books

 Does not provide unlimited access to entire library

Hiawatha Bray can be reached at bray@globe.com.

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