The Denton Public Library launched two new digital services last week that made thousands more audio books, music, movies, television shows and magazines available to its cardholders.
Hoopla, a division of Midwest Tape, contains more than 40,000 titles that borrowers can access through a computer or mobile device. Zinio, a digital newsstand service, makes subscriptions to many popular titles also available electronically.
Terri Gibbs, director of libraries, said the library had to wait a little bit for vendors to catch up with the changes in digital media. Denton’s librarians have known for a while that library patrons wanted to be able to borrow digital books and other media.
“We’ve been limited by providers,” Gibbs said, adding that publishers have been slow to respond, too. “After the music piracy problems, they were skittish about sharing with libraries this way.”
In 2007, the library launched Overdrive, a digital book and audiobook service, and has seen its digital borrowing grow to about 5 percent of the library’s circulation, Gibbs said.
Hoopla and Zinio follow the library model of borrowing that Denton’s librarians wanted, she said. Both are free to library cardholders, but Hoopla has some limits per user. The library pays a deposit in order to access the collection and the companies charge that deposit with each usage, Gibbs said.
“We pay the deposit one time a year, and if we don’t use it all, the amount can roll over, or we can use it to buy things,” Gibbs said.
With Hoopla, a cardholder is limited to four checkouts per month. The borrowing period for video is limited to three days. For music, the limit is seven days, and for audiobooks, 21 days.
OverDrive also has a limit on the number of audiobooks a cardholder may borrow each month, but it’s generous, Gibbs said.
“I’m not sure I know anyone who can listen to 10 books a month,” she said.
There is no limit on borrowing through Zinio, which also does not limit the borrowing period.
For more information, visit the library website at http://library.cityofdenton.com.
PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.