1/2/18

DO YOU DOWNLOAD? by Jon Walker

Do you download?  I do and, maybe, you should, too. 
Downloading via PCCLD platforms allows me to enjoy great print, audio, and video at home and on the go.  It is free and available 24 hours per day, seven days each week, and 52 weeks every year.  Books, audiobooks, music, and movies.  Download all these to your phone, tablet, computer, or TV.  If you don’t own a compatible device, not to worry.  PCCLD can lend you a tablet, too. 
The library district has invested heavily in recent years in e-content.  The result is PCCLD provides you with more access to more books and other library materials than ever before.  The breadth of titles available from your public library now is truly fantastic.   We estimate today PCCLD provides our customers with their choices from among upwards of twelve million e-titles, including books, music, audiobooks, and movies.  That’s right, 12,000,000! 
There are several ways to gain access to this treasure trove of content.  I will begin here with a personal favorite of mine.  It is Hoopla.  PCCLD’s Hoopla platform provides over 500,000 titles across six formats: audiobooks, movies, music, books, comics, and television.  This includes movies from companies like Lionsgate, Disney, Warner Brothers, Starz, and others; and audiobooks from publishers such as Tantor Audio, Blackstone Audio, and more.  Hoopla also contains a growing list of ebooks from favorite publishers, like HarperCollins and Harlequin.  Hoopla content principally consists of an excellent catalog of backlist titles delivered via easy-to-use apps with focus on the latest browser, phone, tablet, and TV products to deliver a grand user experience.  I personally use Hoopla all the time.
Another superb digital media platform is PCCLD’s cloudLibrary.  Content in cloudLibrary is centered around ebooks and e-audiobooks, and does not include movies and music.  CloudLibrary encompasses a wide variety of popular fiction and nonfiction backlist titles, but, importantly, it also enjoys the significant advantage of providing you with an abundant list of current best-selling titles, too, including popular recent releases and frontlist titles from the Big Five publishers: Macmillan, Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin/Random House, and Simon & Schuster.  CloudLibrary is easy to use and delivers an outstanding experience.  Right now, I am reading the 2017 All Pueblo Reads selection Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel from Penguin/Random House on my PCCLD cloudLibrary app. 
Next on my list of favorite PCCLD digital media platforms are the companion services Freading and Freegal.  Together these two provide over 50,000 backlist and classic ebook titles from more than 1,000 publishers plus an amazing eleven million music recordings, including all genres such as classical and opera, country, pop, rock, and more from top music publishing houses like Sony Music Entertainment.  I personally find using my PCCLD Freegal app an especially satisfying way to listen to my favorite music.
A fourth platform is Project Gutenberg.  It provides nearly 60,000 ebook and e-audiobook titles and features works currently in the public domain.   

Whatever I like and whenever I like.  PCCLD’s impressive array of downloadable and online content serves as a pleasant way to read great books, listen-to wonderful music, view outstanding movies, and learn. To get started, all you need is a library card, then click on http://www.pueblolibrary.org/digitalmedia or ask your friendly librarian for assistance.  

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