People don't go to the library as much as they used to. And why would they, when almost every book is available as an eBook or for purchase on Kindle? Plus, to go to the library, you have to actually get off your couch and take the bus or drive all the way there, and then you have to wait in line, and then worry about when your books and movies are due. The struggle.
But a lot of eBooks are only excerpts, and not everything is available on Kindle. Double struggle.
As of yesterday, as long as you have a library card and a laptop (or an iPhone/Android/iPad/tablet/etc) you can check out books and other materials from the library -- without actually having to go to the library! Mind blown.
Just in time for National Library Week (April 13-19), the San Francisco Public Library became the fourth library in California to use hoopla digital, a new service that lets you borrow books, movies, and music from the library and access them electronically, either through the website or the hoopla app. The other libraries that have been using the service are the Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Los Angeles Public Library, and County of Los Angeles Public Library.
The San Francisco Public Library will be offering hoopla content in English as well as in Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
And if you manage to peel yourself off the couch and actually go to the library, sometimes you have to add your name to a wait list for the popular books and movies and then you have to go back and pick them up; with hoopla digital, there is no wait to rent materials. Also, when your time is up with the book or movie you rented it automatically becomes unavailable to read or watch, which gets rid of the whole problem of having to pay a fee if you turn your books in late. Oh yeah, and it's free.
If you haven't been using Kindle or reading eBooks because you want to support your local library, now you can do both at the same time. So that's pretty cool.