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Statewide eBook Program Begins At Stamford Libraries

Stamford Mayor David Martin poses with Ferguson Library President Alice Knapp.
Stamford Mayor David Martin poses with Ferguson Library President Alice Knapp. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Connecticut State Library has announced the first phase of the development of a statewide library eBook platform will begin with Library Connection Inc. and the Ferguson Library.

This will involve the development of an eBook app for both iPhones and Android phones that will enable library users to seamlessly access and read eBooks available from the local library, as well as the developing statewide collection.

Libraries often have several eBook platforms in order to provide a range of titles, and the eGO app will bring all of the library's eBooks into one easy-to-use eBook reader. eBooks available from the developing statewide collection also will be included, eliminating the need to search multiple locations and have multiple eBook apps.

In addition to the eBook app, the state is partnering with the New York Public Library and other libraries around the country to develop an open eBook platform to host a wide range of eBooks. Through these partnerships, thousands of popular and award-winning titles will be available free for children from in-need households in Connecticut.

“The Ferguson Library has offered eBooks since 2002. But it has never been easy for our users,” said its president, Alice Knapp. “That is why we are so excited to be working with the Connecticut State Library and the New York Public Library in a pilot for the eGO app, which will bring all of our e-material together for easy discovery and even easier reading and/or listening.”

“Library Connection is very pleased to be working with the Connecticut State Library and the New York Public Library to pilot the eGO app for Connecticut libraries,” said George Christian, its executive director. “ We believe this app will give patrons of our libraries an easy way to simultaneously discover all the eBooks that are available to them from our consortium's shared collection, from the State Library's One Click Digital collection, and from the collections at their home libraries that are restricted to their own patrons.”

Library Connection is a nonprofit cooperative of 30 public and academic libraries which share an integrated library system and other technological innovations that improve the delivery of services.

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