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Borrow an eBook without Leaving Home

Post Date:01/04/2017 3:22 PM

Borrow an eBook or eAudiobook without Leaving Home

Those who received a new phone or tablet as a holiday gift may have received more gifts than they expected.  Library patrons at Baytown’s Sterling Municipal Library can download free eBooks and eAudiobooks on their mobile devices though a free app called Axis360. Books can be downloaded books from the comfort of home, or anywhere with internet access.

Throughout the month of January, library staff wants to take the mystery out of downloading digital media from Axis360, and as part of getting patrons familiar with the app, they’re offering the chance for someone to win a new tablet.

All month long staff will be talking technology, all the while giving out chances to earn entry forms for doing simple tasks such as downloading Axis360, telling them about your Axis360 experience, and attending programs like Tech Night on January 23 at 7 pm. Earn an entry form for just sitting down with a staff member and learning how to download an eBook or eAudiobook. The library’s trained staff can walk even the most inexperienced mobile user through each step from downloading the app to reserving the most anticipated titles.

Axis360 features some of the newest and hottest titles with less wait time than the more widely accessible Overdrive app. Thousands of people in the Houston area can access books on Overdrive, which can lead to a backlog when a popular book comes out, whereas only Sterling Library cardholders can access our collection on Axis360.

“Staff at the library are working with the team at Axis360 to relay patrons' input about the app to make it better,” says Librarian Martin Shupla. “We are always willing to listen to any suggestions or input you might have so we can make your experience using Axis360 easier and more enjoyable.” 

You can earn entry forms for our grand prize drawings through January 31. We will be giving away an iPad Mini and a Kindle Fire, as well as dozens of smaller prizes. Follow the library on Facebook and Instagram to find out what you can do daily to earn more chances to win. Axis360 is a product of Baker & Taylor, which is providing the grand prizes. 

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