Several years ago I put my Public Library card in a drawer and forgot about it. This was partly because the library started charging to borrow music CDs (I was outraged) and partly because I prefer reading on screen. It can take me a year or two to read a printed book, so what’s the point in having a loan for a few weeks?
The other day though I paid heaps to have a few photos printed at 10 (inches) by 15 and it seemed relevant to put them in a frame. I wanted something cheap, and where I could preferably exchange photos if I had newer ones printed.
I bought a couple of suitable $20 frames and promptly broke one while attempting to interpret the totally inadequate instructions about how to remove the clips. At this point I thought perhaps I could learn to make simple frames myself and a book would be required.
First I spent an evening Googling but didn’t get what I wanted. Checking the online catalogue for the Library though suggested there could be books aplenty for the borrowing.
After asking to borrow my partner’s Library card I started wondering where my own card was. Eventually I found it and took it to the Library where they checked it to see if it still worked. It didn’t. It had been some time …
So I organised a new card and password for it and now have a surprising bonus. I had to wait 24 hours for the password to take effect (and finding that out wasn’t easy) but now I have free (as in, no cost) access to some 87 titles in:
O’Reilly’s Safari Bookshelf.
“We have a collection of e-books from highly-regarded publishers – which you can read at home, at the office – or wherever you need computer advice! Publishers include O’Reilly (producers of the excellent ‘In A Nutshell’ series) – Peach Pit Press (‘Visual Quickstart’ series) and many others. A small collection of business books is also included.”
I’ve browsed one title already and am hoping the books will change as time goes by. In any case, this is a good thing. So, Wellingtonians, find that Library card and get signed up.