Tamworth City Library offers help in using e-book readers

TAMWORTH City Library has embarked on a learning program designed to teach more people how to use their new e-book readers.

The library has produced a bright new promotion that will provide some expert help to people who were given electronic-book readers for Christmas perhaps, library manager Kay Delahunt says, such as Kindles or Kobos.

The voucher provides for a free one-on-one lesson from library staff well versed in how to use their e-readers.

"They can then make an appointment and our staff can then help show them all there is to using their e-readers," Ms Delahunt said.

The electronic devices, which allow users to read books in digital form, have become the new you-beaut literary bestseller and the library has embraced them.

Central Northern Libraries resource manager Pam Langridge has been the tutor responsible for teaching Tamworth City Library staff the ABC of it all.

"It's all about the convenience. People talk about the feel of a book, the turning of the page, the smell of the book, the emotional attachment, but e-book readers are all about the convenience when you travel," Ms Langrdige said.

"You don't have to lug around heaps of books in your suitcase which take up all the room you can have a thousand books on one device instead.

"While there are all kinds of other electronic devices, e-book readers will last you much longer."

They also come in handy when there's no power, because they have a longer battery life than an iPad or tablet, she said.

Mrs Delahunt said new e-reader recruits could also bring a friend for their tutorials if they felt a bit confronted by the technology.

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