Tuesday is is “Read An E-Book Day.”

For those who are wondering what an e-book is, it’s a book in electronic format. When borrowed or purchased, e-books are downloaded to a reading device, such as a laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.

Some digital books are available free of cost on various websites. Many libraries now have digital collections. The Warsaw Community Public Library offers many digital services to our community, such as RB digital, hoopla, and OverDrive to name a few. WCPL even has an e-book blog wcple-books.wordpress.com/ that has reviews and information about our e-book collection.

“Read An E-book Day” has its own website: readane-bookday.com. They are promoting a chance to win a Kobo Aura One from OverDrive, which is a state of the art reading device.

There are many advantages to using e-books. They are delivered almost instantaneously; they are portable and take up less space. You can carry a library of 100’s of books with you and the best advantage- no trees are harmed for the pages of e-books. In most cases, they are exactly like a printed book with numbered pages, a table of contents, and pictures and graphics.

Many e-books come with bonuses, which usually are not in printed versions. They also have links for easy access to more information with related websites. Furthermore, fonts can be resized to meet the readers’ visual needs.

Even though there are many advantages to e-books, still there are disadvantages. In some instances, it is easier to have a physical book, for example, you can leave a book unattended at the beach or pool but cannot do that with a $100 Kindle without the risk of theft. When you are going to a favorite author’s book signing and a signed book is necessary. Some people love to curl up with a tangible book, and enjoy even the smell of the paper. It has even been suggested that reading on screen can result in less comprehension as well as affecting sleep patterns.

Those interested in celebrating “Read An E-Book Day” can stop in at the reference desk at the Warsaw Community Public library, and ask for assistance in how to gain access to 100’s of e-books. Our hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday,and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Whatever you prefer to read, whether it be a tangible or electronic book, as long as you read and keep reading it’s a win!