An increasing number of the region’s residents are discovering the benefits of Staffordshire Libraries’ free ‘state-of-the-art’ digital services.
With almost a million virtual visits to the service in 2012/13, it’s clear that our online library management system and fully interactive services for members, including a free smartphone app (giving you the ‘library in your hand’), are proving a big hit with borrowers.
January saw 1,995 e-book and e-audio loans and 3,037 e-magazine loans, the highest monthly figures yet.
The top issuing e-books for the county are dominated by Lee Child, with 13 of the top 15 titles penned by him. His bestselling book “Persuader” takes the top slot having been ‘downloaned’ 97 times.
‘Best’ turns out to be the best loved e-magazine since the start of the service in July last year with 556 loans.
An enthusiastic advocate for Staffordshire Libraries’ free digital services is Richard, a semi-professional musician currently living in the West Midlands.
I have been using Staffordshire Libraries’ digital services for quite a while now. I especially make use of the fantastic ‘e-magazines’ feature within my work as a semi-professional musician.
As a guitarist and performer, I regularly subscribe to a number of music technology e-magazines to help me keep up with the latest instruments and equipment, and keep abreast of current recording technologies for when I am working in my home studio.
The fact that I can have the e-magazine displayed on a second monitor next to my recording software, and see both screens simultaneously, is really convenient for the tips and tricks sections, or following step-by-step instructions.
I also like being able to download the e-magazines onto my tablet device, for when I’m out of the studio, and just read the articles within them for enjoyment.
No more carrying large numbers of magazines around with me! Staffordshire Libraries’ digital services have enabled me to enhance my knowledge within the fast paced world of musical technology, in a quick, convenient and informative way.
Kate Davies is Staffordshire Libraries’ top e-book borrower with no less than 591 loans to her name.
Kate, who is a part-time secretary and assistant charity shop manager, lives in a canal boat and appreciates not having to store large numbers of books. She finds the county’s e-book service “surprisingly simple and easy to use.”
I think the e-book service is brilliant. The site has got better, even more user friendly.
I love the fact that I can browse the books in the comfort of my own home, at a time to suit me, 24 hours a day if I wished.
I am a bit of a night owl, so it’s great that using my e-reader means I’m able to read in bed without disturbing the sleep of my partner.
I love a wide variety of authors so it is really hard to choose a favourite. It depends on my mood and how much I want to have to think! I suppose an all-time favourite of mine would have to be Maeve Binchy, but I also love autobiographies.
For me, a big bonus of the e-book service means I have been able to try lots of authors I hadn’t heard of before.
This is definitely a more modern way to use the library service – another way of looking at libraries.
Staffordshire County Council’s digital library services include a wide range of fiction and non-fiction e-books, e-audio books and now e-magazines to suit all ages and tastes. To tie in with this year’s centenary celebrations, there are currently a number of First World War titles available to loan.
The county’s fully interactive digital library services means there’s never been a better time to be a member of Staffordshire Libraries.