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Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

This well-written Wall Street Journal blog post highlights the reasons that public libraries are way ahead of Amazon Unlimited and the other similar services, Oyster and Scribd.  The biggest reason is that after years of negotiations, all of the "big five" publishers are finally allowing libraries to acquire many of their top titles as ebooks.  Some of the publishers (HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Hachette) have been doing this for quite a while.  Simon & Schuster and Macmillan have joined in more recently.  Amazon Unlimited has only a few of the titles that people are anxiously wanting to read.  Libraries have lots of them.  You may have to wait in a hold queue for a while, but there's always something interesting available in the meantime.  Visit SJPL's Collections page to see what we have to offer.

Project Gutenberg - 45,000 free eBooks (and counting)

Project Gutenberg is a collection of free eBooks and it includes over 45,000 titles. This growing collection contains many classic titles, all of which were previously published by bona fide publishers. These titles were digitized and diligently proofread with the help of thousands of volunteers.  No fee or registration is required.  In mid-2014, Project Gutenberg volunteers undertook a significant revitalization of the collection by grouping eBooks on particular topics or in particular genres, or otherwise having something in common. This can be a great way to discover books you were unaware of, and it is also an efficient way of finding some of the collection of particular interest. Visit their "Bookshelves" to use this feature.


There is also a free self-publishing site for eBooks, Project Gutenberg Self Publishing Portal.  This service allows "authors to share their works with our readers as well as allows readers to provide comments, reviews and feedback to the authors. Every eBooks has its own detail page with ratings and Wall for displaying readers comments."

Pack Up & Go! - Travel Resources

Going somewhere? Plan your stay with ebooks in SJPL's Travel CollectionAre you planning a trip? You don't want to lug along a bunch of heavy travel guides? Or you don't have time to stop by the library to pick some up?


The library's online Travel Collection can help! Get Rough Guides and Eyewitness Travel Guides in ebook form. You can read a whole book online in your browser or download just the chapters you want to take with you on your trip.


Are you going out of the country? Don't know the language? Choose one of 63 different languages to learn at Mango Languages and be ready to carry on a conversation.


And, of course, the library has thousands of ebooks for you to take along for leisure reading.


Wherever you're going, enjoy your trip!

June 3-18: The Big Library Read - "A Pedigree to Die For" by Laurien Berenson

A Pedigree to Die For ebook by Laurien BerensonThe apparent heart attack that killed kennel owner Max Turnbull has left seven pups in mourning, and his wife Peg suspecting foul play. But the only evidence is their missing prize pooch—a pedigreed poodle named Beau.


Enter Melanie Travis. With her young son happily ensconced in day camp, the 30-something teacher and single mother is talked into investigating her uncle’s death—unofficially, of course. Posing as a poodle breeder in search of the perfect stud, Melanie hounds Connecticut’s elite canine competitions, and finds an ally in fellow breeder Sam Driver. But her affection cools when she’s put on the scent of Sam’s questionable past . . . and hot on the trail of a poodle-hating neighbor and one elusive murderer who isn’t ready to come to heel.


From June 3 - 18, 2014, A Pedigree to Die For by Lauren Berenson is available as an ebook with no hold queues so everyone can enjoy this entertaining read at the same time. Gather your dog-loving friends for a lively discussion after you finish the book.

eBooks in Russian Language

sample ebook coverDear Russian speaking customers!

San Jose Public Library OverDrive collection now has eBooks  in Russian language. Please visit OverDrive on our Collections page, then go to Advanced Search and select "Russian" in All Languages.


Дорогие русскоязычные пользователи библиотеки!

San Jose Public Library предлагает вам коллекцию электронных книг на русском языке.  Вам надо выбрать раздел "Russian" на странице Advanced Search, после того как вы зайдете на интернет страницу:    стра  .        интернет страницу.  


Желаем вам приятных минут увлекательного электронного чтения!

Big Library Read - Keys to the Kitchen by Aida Mollenkamp

Keys to the Kitchen coverOverDrive is offering unlimited access to an eBook version of Aida Mollenkamp's, Keys to the Kitchen, from now until March 5, 2014.  It's available in the following eBook formats: Adobe ePub, Adobe PDF, Overdrive READ, and Kindle.


OverDrive's Big Library Read program spotlights one title for a set time period for library patrons around the world to read simultaneously, creating a global "library book club."


Keys to the Kitchen is a cookbook by definition, but it’s much more than simply directions to get from page to plate. Food Network and Cooking Channel star Aida Mollenkamp provides helpful how-to information on everything from proper knife skills and finding the right ingredients to throwing a show- stopping cocktail party. It doesn’t just provide ideas on what to cook, but also walks the reader through how to cook.


In addition, Aida will also be doing a Facebook chat with readers on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8 pm EST. Readers will have a chance to ask Aida about everything from her passion for discovering new flavors, her studies at the Cornell Hotel School and Le Cordon Bleu Paris and much more. Be sure to follow Aida’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and learn great kitchen tips and tricks from her weekly web series In the Pantry on Yahoo! Shine.