I love to read. I enjoy novels, science fiction, non-fiction, science and history. I also read a few technical books per year, which I review on this very blog. I was a bit late to the ebook party and preferred physical books. I received a Kindle as a gift for my birthday 3 years ago. From then on, I have been a convert: I love my Kindle and bring it everywhere.
I am also a patron of my local public library, and soon after I became an e-reader I discovered that they have an ebook selection as well!
In California, membership to public libraries is open to any California resident, regardless of the actual city or county that they actually reside in. Usually, one can get a library card, and the benefits that come with it, by walking in to a branch and showing your driver’s license. I have done this procedure with a few libraries: San Diego Public Library (city), San Diego County Library, Los Angeles County Library and the San Francisco Public Library.
It turns out, that all of those libraries use the same ebook catalog: A service called Overdrive. Each library has a separate URL, with different authentication mechanism, but that is visibly the same website, branded for each library and containing a different catalog of books (and audiobooks, too). Each library carries a different selection of books, with different number of “copies”, according to each libraries budget, I assume.