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At the Library: eBooks

By Staff | Oct 6, 2011

As a branch of the Lee County Library System (LCLS), Captiva Memorial Library is excited to announce that its eBook collection is now compatible with the world’s bestselling eBook reader, the Amazon Kindle. Patrons can now download popular and classic eBooks to a Kindle device or any mobile device running the free Kindle app, such as iPhone, iPad, Android, and more. To get started, visit the Download Depot at the Lee County Library System’s ebranch at “http://www.lee-county.com/library”>www.lee-county.com/library. Deb Czarnik, Library Manager for Technical Services and Collection Management states “We’re delighted to finally bring eBooks to Kindle users in Southwest Florida. Our eBook service has become very popular for people with other eReaders in the last year, and we know Kindle users have been very anxious to use the service too.”

The LCLS Download Depot also offers eBooks and audiobooks for use on a PC or Mac computer and popular mobile devices such as a Smartphone, MP3 player, and eBook reader like the Barnes & Noble Nook and Sony Reader. Kindle users can browse the LCLS’s collection of approximately 50,000 bestselling and classic eBooks from a PC or Mac computer, check out titles using a library card, and select “Get for Kindle” to deliver eBooks to their Kindle device or any device running the free Kindle app. Users who enjoy eBooks on Kindle will benefit from Amazon’s Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps. The Captiva Memorial Library is anticipating a high demand for eBooks, so patrons are encouraged to try the Always Available eBooks with no need for holds. The library will continue to build its eBook collection so keep checking back for more titles. The Lee County Library System partners with OverDrive, Inc. (www.overdrive.com), a global leader in eBook distribution for libraries and schools, to offer this service.

Don’t miss the multitude of new print books still available at the Captiva Memorial Library:

Pulse: Stories by Julian Barnes

“After the best-selling Arthur & George and Nothing to Be Frightened Of, Julian Barnes returns with fourteen stories about longing and loss, friendship and love, whose mysterious natures he examines with his trademark wit and observant eye. From an imperial capital in the eighteenth century to Garibaldi’s adventures in the nineteenth, from the vineyards of Italy to the English seaside in our time, he finds the “stages, transitions, arguments” that define us. A newly divorced real estate agent can’t resist invading his reticent girlfriend’s privacy, but the information he finds reveals only his callously shallow curiosity. A couple come together through an illicit cigarette and a song shared over the din of a Chinese restaurant. A widower revisiting the Scottish island he’d treasured with his wife learns how difficult it is to purge oneself of grief. And throughout, friends gather regularly at dinner parties and perfect the art of cerebral, sometimes bawdy banter about the world passing before them. Whether domestic or extraordinary, each story pulses with resonance, spark, and poignant humor ” *

Pumped for Murder: a Dead-end Job Mystery by Elaine Viets

“Helen Hawthorne and her new hubby Phil have opened their own P.I. agency and their very first client is Shelby, who thinks her husband is developing a killer body for another woman.

To keep track of the suspected cheater, Helen gets a dead-end job at Fantastic Fitness, where she has to pump iron to stay employed. Then the budding agency takes on a murder case, and Helen has to move her workouts to the early morning just to keep up. With so much weight on her aching shoulders, will Helen catch a killer-or just drop dead from exhaustion?” *

East on Sunset by Ken Mercer

“Will Magowan, the “vulnerable and deeply damaged” (Booklist) ex-narcotics detective introduced to readers in the critically acclaimed Slow Fire, has decided to retire from law enforcement and start a new life. Things are looking up: he’s moved back in with his wife and landed the new job he’s always dreamed of. Then a figure from out of the past appears and makes a mysterious demand. Erik Crandall is someone that Will sent to prison years before, when he was an LAPD Detective. Will tries to brush Crandall off, but the situation escalates into violence.As Crandall threatens to destroy the new life that he’s built, Will turns to the authorities, but they are of little help. He begins to realize that the only way out is by confronting tragic events from his past–a past he’d do anything to forget. Will must risk everything as he uncovers long-buried secretsalmost nothing in his life is what it seems.” *

The Summer of the Bear by Bella Pollen

“critically acclaimed writer Bella Pollen takes readers into the private dynamics of a family grappling with the loss of father and husband in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, where between elemental beauty and utter bleakness, strange forces are at play. In 1980 Germany, under Cold War tension, a mole is suspected in the British Embassy. When the clever diplomat Nicky Fleming dies suddenly and suspiciously, it’s convenient to brand him the traitor. But was his death an accident, murder, or suicide? As the government digs into Nicky’s history, his wife, Letty, relocates with her three children to a remote Scottish island hoping to salvage their family. But the isolated shores only intensify their distance, and it is Letty’s brilliant and peculiar youngest child, Jamie, who alone holds on to the one thing he’s sure of: his father has promised to return and he was a man who never broke a promise. Exploring the island, Jamie and his sisters discover that a domesticated brown bear has been marooned on shore, hiding among the seaside caves. Jamie feels that the bear may have a strange connection to his father, and as he seeks the truth, his father’s story surfaces unexpected ways” *

Trespasser by Paul Doiron

“Maine game warden Mike Bowditch’s quest to find a missing woman leads him through a forest of lies in search of a killer who may have gotten away with murder once beforeone foggy March evening, Bowditch receives a call for help. A woman has reportedly struck a deer on a lonely coast road. When the game warden arrives, he finds blood in the road–but both the driver and the deer have vanished. And the state trooper assigned to the accident appears strangely unconcerned. The details of the disappearance seem eerily familiar. Seven years earlier, a jury convicted lobsterman Erland Jefferts of the rape and murder of a wealthy college student and sentenced him to life in prison. For all but his most fanatical defenders, justice was served. But when the missing woman is found brutalized in a manner that suggests Jefferts may have been framed, Bowditch receives an ominous warning from state prosecutors to stop asking questions. For Bowditch, whose own life was recently shattered by a horrific act of violence, doing nothing is not an option. His clandestine investigation reopens old wounds between Maine locals and rich summer residents and puts both his own life and that of the woman he loves in jeopardy. As he closes in on his quarry, he discovers how dangerous his opponents are, and how far they will go to prevent him from bringing a killer to justice.” *

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