eBook eLation at the Knox County Public Library

At last! It's now possible to check out eBooks from the Knox County Public Library system. Here are a few pertinent numbers:

4,150 eBooks for children, teens, and adults, with more being added on a regular basis

3 potential ways to download: eReader, smart phone, or computer

3 weeks maximum checkout time

3 (at least) compatible eBook devices include the Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, and Sony Reader—but not Amazon's Kindle reader, which means books under contract to publish only with Kindle will not be available for the foreseeable future

9 known compatible programs for desktop/laptop setups, including for Windows 7 and higher: Adobe EPUB eBooks, Adobe PDF eBooks, MP3 Audiobooks, WMA Audiobooks, WMA Music, WMV Video; and for Mac desktop and laptops OSX 10.4.10 or higher: Adobe EPUB eBooks, Adobe PDF eBooks, MP3 Audiobooks

4 popular mobile gadgets that will allow you to download titles directly to the device (using OverDrive Media Console): Android devices, BlackBerry, iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, Windows Mobile devices

5 public eBook help sessions, including:

Feb. 16, 3 p.m., Cedar Bluff Branch

Feb. 17, 6:30 p.m., Powell Branch

Feb. 24, 6:30 p.m., Fountain City Branch

Feb. 25, 3 p.m., Burlington Branch

Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. Lawson McGhee Library

To see a complete list of books, go to knoxlib.org; for more information, troubleshooting, and download support, contact the reference department at 215-8700.