From Street Libraries to eBooks, Reading Has Never Been So Accessible | Katherine times

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From the outside it may be a simple decorated wooden box, but new worlds are offered inside. Street libraries provide an informal system for lending and exchanging books. They can pop up anywhere and anyone can access and borrow them. Anyone who borrows a book must either return it or contribute a book to them. That way there will always be something new to offer. There is a huge industry built around audiobooks. The production of modern audiobooks is generally excellent, and the skill used to read them (if not the author himself, then an actor) makes the listening experience enjoyable. There are subscription services for paid access to audiobooks, as well as free options. LOOKING FOR READING IDEAS? CHECK OUR BOOK REVIEWS Audiobooks are also a great opportunity to discover a book with another person or with your family. Anyone who interrupted a long family road trip with Stephen Fry’s wonderful adaptation of Harry Potter will attest to the power of an audiobook. If it works within the limits of a car, can it surely be used at home? The possibilities for reading online are endless. If you have an e-reader, such as a Kindle, you can purchase new versions in various genres. Some titles not protected by copyright are also accessible free of charge. There are also free databases with millions of titles. The Internet Archive is a collection of digital cultural artifacts, while Trove is an Australian collecting resource. If you think libraries are being left behind, think again. Most libraries have stocked up on books and magazines online. If you are already a member, log in and check out the wide range of e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, comics, and e-music on offer. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY? : Send letters to the editor or story tips to editor.kathtimes@austcommunitymedia.com.au

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