Following bumper Christmas sales of electronic reading devices including Kindle Fires, KOBOs and iPads, Torbay Libraries has seen a record month for downloads of its eBooks.
Nearly 500 eBooks were downloaded during January, which is a 20 percent increase on the same time last year and brings the total number of eBook and Audio book downloads to 10,000 since the online service began in 2010.
Library card holders can visit http://torbay.lib.overdrive.com, browse the online catalogue using their membership number and pin and then download digital books of their choice.
The collection includes best-selling and classic fiction and non-fiction as well as a variety of audiobooks and even language courses. The eBooks can be enjoyed immediately or transferred to a variety of devices, including iPhones, iPODs, Kindle Fires, Sony Readers, PCs or Macs. Some audio titles can also be burned to CD to listen on-the-go.
And of course, downloading the titles is absolutely free. What's more, the books will automatically 'expire' at the end of the lending period, so members will never have to worry about overdue charges.
Executive Lead for Culture and Arts, Cllr Dave Butt, said: "Torbay was one of the first authorities to provide a digital book service and whilst we don't believe they will ever entirely replace the more traditional methods we know that there are many members who are taking the opportunity to download books for free.
"We lead such hectic lives and our online service gives people, who may not otherwise have the time, the chance to access the library and read more books and with 1,400 titles to offer and more being added every month there has never been a better time to give our online service a try.
"What's more is our members can even sign up to receive notification of the month's new titles by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org."
The top ten titles for January were:
1. Blake Crouch: Desert Places
2. Alan Hunter: Gently by the shore
3. Lee Child: Nothing to lose
4. Anna Jacobs: Saving Willowbrook
5. Lee Child: The Affair
6. M. C. Beaton: Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of death
7. Lisa Unger: Blackout
8. Gregg Olsen: The Bone box
9. Fern Michaels: A bright red ribbon
10. Joanna Fluke: Chocolate chip cookie murder