I love books in all forms – printed, as audio-books, and in electronic format. Over the past few years, I have seen public libraries gradually shift over to less printed material and more e-books. This makes perfect sense. No more overdue books. No misplaced or lost books. No crayon scribbles in books because someone’s toddler decided to use it as a coloring book. Audio-books play perfectly because there’s no physical CD discs to scratch up. And no more theft. It’s a great solution to all these problems.
Our local public library originally offered e-books and e-audio-books through Overdrive. It worked well. I could read books on my kindle, my phone or my computer. It was easy and never seemed to malfunction.
But this year the library decided to save some money by switching to a cheaper company. We now have e-books through cloudLibrary by bibliotheca. I have checked out six books through this app. Sadly, two of them downloaded with totally blank pages. I tried three different devices, with the same result each time.
My conclusions: 1, you tend to get what you pay for, and 2, don’t get rid of those printed books, as they never malfunction!