Library patrons who own electronic readers can now check out a selection of e-books from Clovis-Carver Public Library.
Library director Margaret Hinchee said the new library service, New Mexico library-to-go, began in November 2011 and offers an assortment of books from Clovis, Portales, Estancia, Taos and Angel Fire libraries.
“It’s a step we have to take to keep relevant,” Hinchee said.
The Association of American Publishers reported that e-book sales grew 202 percent in 2011. According to the Technology Review, e-books now make up 6 percent of the total book market in America.
“This is what the public wants,” Hinchee said. “So this is what we’re going to provide them with.”
The public can browse available e-book selections for children, teens and adults at library.cityofclovis.org. The electronic books can be checked out for a two-week period and disappear from electronic readers when they expire, Hinchee said.
“I think we’ve done a very good job of putting together a nice collection of books,” Hinchee said.
The library will hold a workshop from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, in the Ingram room, to teach patrons with e-book readers how to download books from the New Mexico library-to-go website.