KZN LIBRARIES TO HAVE E-BOOK
By: Nompilo Mkhwanazi
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture is preparing to introduce an e-book subscription across the province.
The electronic books will largely be made up of fiction and readable non-fiction for adults.
The service is currently being piloted at Empangeni and Umhlali libraries as well as among KZN DAC employees.
Zanele Nkosi from the department of Arts and Culture believes that this platform will be of good use to the students.
“The department believes this project will benefit learners and teachers alike as they will have unlimited access to the library materials, promoting a culture of reading and improving learning as
well as teaching,” said Nkosi.
Interested parties will have to register to become library card-holders before being loaded onto the system as e-book readers.
Durban University of Technology student, Ntokozo Magwaza, is happy about the e-book subscription and is glad he can download it from his phone.
“This is great stuff! It means at any given time when I want to read a book I will be able regardless of whether I am home or I am at school. This will make my life much easier than before,” said
Detailed steps for each device will be available at the libraries, however members have only two weeks to read borrowed book before they are automatically returned n to available books on
Thamsanqa Buthelez, a high school teacher, said that he is looking forward to the subscription of e-book s which he says will help him a lot.
“As a person who likes reading but hardly gets the time to go to the library to borrow a book, this service will be helpful. Now I will read whenever I want and wherever I will be,” added Buthelezi.