CLARENCE Valley library users contnue to slate their thirst for material that's turning the page from traditional books to those available on the internet.
Research reveals that over the past 12 months, Valley library members have been gradually increasing their collections of eAudio books, eMagazines and eBooks on their computer, tablet or mobile phone to supplement print collections.
Mayor Richie Williamson said eAudio books (talking books) led the way as the first collection to appear on the local libraries website and their usage rapidly took off.
"Clarence Valley library users have been topping the state in their thirst to have books read to them through the internet," Cr Williamson said.
"This proved early on that the Clarence community is not only very computer savvy, with an appetite for reading, but that people are quick to combine the two into a different and enjoyable way to get to their favourite books.
"As further proof of this, the beginning of this year saw the libraries offering eMagazines to their members and these also rapidly became well-loved throughout the Valley.
"Having free access to magazines on your personal screen is a great way to keep up with trends."
Library users can now also read old issues of these magazines through the service known as Zinio and also available through http://www.crl.nsw.gov.au .
The latest addition to the stable of eReading on offer has been the Wheelers eBook collection. Launched only two months ago, there are now more than 100 library members in the Valley downloading recently published books to their computer or device to read.
Cr Williamson said to keep up with this demand, another 200 titles have been added, covering novels, non-fiction and even some kids' books.
"The new service gives library members 24/7 access to a wide range of eBooks from anywhere," Cr William said.
"Library members can use their home internet or the free wifi service available at all Clarence regional libraries to download Ebooks to their devices.
"I've been saying for some time that Ebooks are the way of the future and I am pleased the future has come to the Clarence Valley.
"There will always be a place for traditional printed books, but the local demand for these products has shown that our communities also like to access the titles they want instantly, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"And you can even read Ebooks with the lights out."
Library members can access eAudio books, eMagazines and eBooks through the libraries website at http://www.crl.nsw.gov.au.
Residents can join the library by visiting this website or by visiting one of our libraries at Grafton, Iluka, Maclean, Yamba and the Mobile Library.