Sat, Mar 21, 2009
The Straits Times
Growing selection to choose from

THE National Library Board (NLB) has a growing collection of e-books which users can read for free.

It has 770,000 e-books now. Of these, 630,000 can be downloaded to handheld devices like Apple's iPhone, HP's iPAQ, and Palm and Blackberry devices, said Mr Ivan Chew, NLB's manager of digital resources and services.

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The rest can only be viewed using computers, on the Internet.

NLB's e-collection covers several genres, including mainstream fiction, science and technology and children's books.

Some of the most downloaded titles are related to health and fitness, alternative Chinese medicine and martial arts novels, said Mr Chew. There are also Chinese and Malay e-books, which cover literature, art, business and history.

Readers just have to register at the NLB eResources website (eresources.nlb.gov.sg) to gain access to the e-books.

Those interested can check the list of supported mobile devices at the same website.

This article was first published in The Straits Times.

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