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Metropolitan Library System users can download books to their iPhones

Metropolitan Library System cardholders now can download electronic or audio books to their iPhone or iPad thanks to a new iPhone application. The Oklahoma City-area library system's officials said they hope to offer an optimized application designed specifically for the iPad soon.
BY DARLA SLIPKE Modified: December 16, 2010 at 9:26 am •  Published: December 16, 2010

The Metropolitan Library System is expanding its electronic services to include applications that will allow users to read books from their iPhone, iPad or Android phone.

Those devices join a growing list of electronic devices that the library system supports.

Although the new application will work on the iPad, the text will appear smaller than normal because the application is designed for smaller devices, library system officials said.

An optimized version for the iPad is coming soon. The iPad application, which will include improved resolution and additional features, could be available as early as next month, said Anne Fischer, director of information technology for the library system.

The library system has more than 3,700 audio books and more than 2,000 electronic books available, Fischer said. That compares to about 2,000 audio books and 500 electronic books in February. New titles are added often, Fischer said.

“I think it's a growing service for us because it's very convenient,” Fischer said. “Customers can do it from their home.”

That convenience is something Glenda Choate, of Jones, loves about electronic books. Choate, a member of the Metropolitan Library Commission, has checked out books for her Sony Reader device from home at night.

Choate said she is excited to be able to do the same for her iPhone and iPad.

“That's the great thing about it,” Choate said. “It never fails, I finish a book and it's going to be a day or two until I can get to the library. I have really enjoyed being able to just download books and read them.”

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