The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) is preparing to introduce an e-book subscription service across the province. The electronic books will largely be made up of fiction and readable non-fiction for adults.
With the project, the department looks to providing benefits for learners and teachers alike, as they will have unlimited access to library material, promoting a culture of reading and improving learning as well as teaching.
The service, which is currently being piloted at Empangeni and Umhlali Libraries as well as among KZN DAC employees will have interested parties register to become library cardholders before being loaded onto a system as e-book readers. The Overdrive APP for smartphones and tablets can also be downloaded from the Google Play store for free. Detailed steps for each device will be available at the department’s libraries, which all have free internet access.
Members have two weeks to read a borrowed book before it automatically returns to the list of available books on the service. The paperless service means there will be no need for overdue notices or fines. E-book membership will be managed by the department’s library services’ unit.
“We are extremely proud of this initiative as it confirms that KZN is on the path to becoming a trademark information hub. The department is embracing technology as the future in speeding up service delivery and transformation – in this case it is being used to increase unlimited access to information, especially among our province’s youth” said Department HOD, Sibongile Nzimande.