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With a few clicks, and a library card, Charleston County residents can download free eBooks to their computers and portable devices right from Charleston County Public Library’s website.

CCPL is offering more than 1,200 books for download through the library’s OverDrive eBook catalog, including best sellers, new releases, children’s books and the classics. The library will be regularly adding new releases and popular titles, with about 1,000 additional books added in the coming year.

Using free OverDrive and Adobe Digital downloadable software, the Library’s eBooks are compatible with the most common portable devices, including iPads, Kindles, Nooks and Sony Readers, plus they can be read on PCs and Macs. Some portable devices require the book to be downloaded onto a computer and transferred, while others use an application to access the Library’s eBook catalog and download directly. Kindle users follow the instructions for that device. All non-Kindle users will download Adobe EPUB versions of the books.

“This is another service we are adding that brings reading and information to the community and allows them to access it whenever and wherever they want,” said CCPL Executive Director Doug Henderson.

Residents can download two eBooks at a time and place hold requests on two books. Books are “checked out” for a maximum of 14 days, after which the electronic files automatically expire. If no one else has a hold request for the book, residents can check the book out for an additional 14 days. To download a book, patrons need to have a current CCPL Library Card in good standing.

OverDrive is a full-service distributor of digital content, including eBooks. The company provides downloadable digital content to 15,000 libraries worldwide.

In addition to the downloadable eBooks, the library has online book clubs, databases and talking storybooks for children. Sylvan Dell eBooks and TumbleBooks provide online books to help promote reading and language skills for children. The services provide read-along storybooks, games, quizzes and other activities. They also are available on the Library’s website by clicking the Download Books icon.

In the library’s online Reader’s Corner, patrons can sign up for NextReads e-newsletters based on their areas of interest. NextReads’s 19 e-newsletters profile recent releases and offer suggestions based on the subject, such as science fiction, business and personal finance, popular culture and historical fiction.

In addition to these reader services, CCPL offers nearly 100 research databases, with most available remotely on the Internet. The databases cover topics including history, genealogy, finance and investing, legal forms, career and job assistance, literature and science.

To learn about all the online offerings, call Charleston County Public Library at 805-6930 or send an email to askaquestion@ccpl.org