St. Paul library sets eBook lending record

The day after Christmas was a busy one for the St. Paul public library’s eBook program. The library set a new record for the most eBook downloads in one day – “nearly 200,” according to a library news release Wednesday.

Since the library began the eBook lending program this spring, monthly downloads have increased from 467 in April to nearly 3,500 in December.

How does it work? From the news release:

After library users check out an eBook with a valid library card, it can be sent to a Kindle or downloaded to a PC or Mac computer and then transferred to a variety of eReaders including the Barnes & Noble NOOK, Sony Reader, and many others. eBooks can also be downloaded on mobile devices such as Android, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad, and Windows Mobile devices. Links to free apps and software are available on the Library’s website. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees.

You may wonder which is the most popular eBook since the program began. Right now, Kathryn Stockett’s The Help is at the top of the list.

The Hennepin County Library also offers eBook lending. And, as it turns out, The Help is the most popular eBook there, too.

  • John O.

    Dakota County is also offering eBooks as an option for patrons. After perusing their listings last night, a significant number of titles have waiting lists. The largest waiting list I saw was 93 and roughly half of the eBook titles I scanned were all checked out.