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An update for our unhappy Kindle patrons

SUN columnist, and the Library Staff

Many Kindle owners continue to be unhappy because our new 3M free e-book service still is not compatible with regular Kindle e-readers. Here is the background — and a suggestion for something you can do that should help resolve the problem.

We dropped Overdrive, our previous free e-book downloading system, because of the cost. We paid $6,000 a year to belong to that consortium and we had to sign a three-year contract. 3M is half the cost, has a year-to-year contract and — unlike Overdrive — we own the titles we purchase. It is faster, easier and less cumbersome to use than Overdrive. Also, we can purchase titles recommended by our patrons. So 3M is by far the better service overall.

Interestingly, for a time regular Kindles were not compatible with Overdrive either — until enough Kindle users complained to Amazon and they changed their policy. That’s why we encourage you to contact Amazon and tell them you want to be able to download library books via 3M.

“I am very sorry for the inconvenience to our regular Kindle patrons,” said Jackie Welch, Sisson Library director. “But after a twenty-three percent decrease in our funding for the last two years because of lower property valuations and thus lower tax monies available, I had to take a good look at how we spend our funds. Rest assured, if there is any way to make everyone happy, I will do it.”

Note that 3M is compatible with Kindle Fire devices. We have instructions at the library, and library staff members are happy to help if you are having difficulty.

Book sale this weekend

The Friends of the Library’s annual book sale takes place Aug. 16 and 17 at the Centerpoint Church, 2750 Cornerstone Drive in the Aspen Village Center south of U.S. 160 (note new location). Tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 16) is the Friends of the Library short annual meeting, potluck and preview sale from 6-9 p.m. The sale opens to the public on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. This event is a great deal for you and for the library: You get hard cover and paperback books, videos, CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices, and the library benefits from this hugely important fund-raising event for us. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to join the Friends of the Library, which you can do at the door on Friday evening. Individual membership is $15, family membership is $25 and lifetime membership is $100 per person.

Free tech programs

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays. Join her for one-on-one informal help on your computer or tablet issues. A more formal session requiring advance registration is Facebook Basics for Individuals (not businesses) on Monday, Aug. 19 from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Free teen programs

Every Wednesday from 3-4:30 p.m. we host Teen Gaming (X-box, Wii, board games) and Card Battles, starting with Pokemon Card Battles, but you are welcome to bring other trading card battle games. Snacks provided.

Adult trivia time 

Test your knowledge against other adults and win prizes at this free, fun session today (Thursday, Aug. 15) at 6 p.m.

Diabetes workshop

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, know someone who has it, or just want to learn more, this free workshop with multiple speakers and a Q&A session next Thursday, Aug. 22, from 5:30-7 p.m. will provide lots of helpful information.

Nonfiction

“Lost Girls” by investigative reporter Robert Kolker details the search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island, N.Y.

“American Gun” by Chris Kyle is a history of the U.S. told through 10 legendary guns. “The Great Degeneration” by Niall Ferguson explores the institutional rot that is destroying our country.

Large print

“Down on the Gila River” by Joseph A. West and Ralph Compton is a western. “The Whiteness of the Whale” is a thriller by David Poyer. “Stolen” by Allison Brennan is the latest in the Lucy Kincaid mystery series.

Books on CD

“Hidden Order” by Brad Thor is the latest in the Scot Harvath thriller series. “Light of the World” by James Lee Burke is the latest in the Dave Robicheaux mystery series. “Blood & Beauty” by Sarah Dunant is about a corrupt man who buys his way into the papacy in 15th century Italy. “First Sight” by Danielle Steel tells of a gifted designer in the fashion world. “True Love” by Jude Deveraux is the beginning of a new Nantucket Brides trilogy. “The English Girl” by Daniel Silva is the latest in the mystery series featuring Gabriel Allon. “Big Girl Panties” by Stephanie Evanovic is a romance. “Affliction” by Laurell K. Hamilton is the latest in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series.

Mysteries and thrillers

“The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe” by Mary Simses is a mystery set in Maine. “Trinity Game” by Sean Chercover explores a sleazy televangelist who may be able to predict the future. “The Light in the Ruins” by Chris Bohjalian is set in Florence in 1943 and 1955. “The Last Word” by Lisa Lutz is the latest in the Spellman Investigations series.

Other new novels

“The Violet Hour” by Katherine Hill is a debut novel of family love and betrayal. “First Sight” by Danielle Steel is about a gifted designer during Paris Fashion Week. “Letters from Skye” is a story told in letters spanning two continents and two world wars.

DVDs

“The Prince of Egypt” is an animated adventure that won the Academy Award for best original song. “Planet 51” is a family comedy set on a distant planet.

“The Sopranos” gives you Season six, part one, of this popular TV series. “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” stars Hugh Jackman. “Nothing But Trouble” is a ghoulish comedy starring Chevy Chase, Demi Moore, John Candy and Dan Aykroyd. “The Adventures of Black Stallion” provides 13 episodes from season one. “P.D. James: The Essential Collection” gives you nine mysteries on 15 DVDs.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Norman French, Cathne Holt, Bamma Laizure and Jonathan Stein.

Quotable Quote

“For most of history, ‘Anonymous’ was a woman.” — Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), English author and intellectual.

Website

For more information on library books, services and programs — and to reserve books, e-books, CDs and DVDs from the comfort of your home — visit our website at http://pagosa.colibraries.org/.

This story was posted on August 15, 2013.