New Canaan Library is taking some of the frustration out of gadget shopping with six new additions to the Tech Table by the Reference Desk, where patrons can try before they buy, plus ask a librarian about the pros and cons of each device.
The library's e-reader additions include the Kindle PaperWhite and the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, which blend e-ink displays with backlighting for reading in the dark, as well as a Kindle Basic. All three e-readers can access the library's OverDrive eBooks, while the Nook can also access more than 20,000 additional eBook titles through the library's Freading service.
The three new tablets on display -- the Google Nexus 7, the Nook Tablet, and the Kindle Fire HD -- all cost under $300, and are great for reading, browsing, using apps, and watching video. The Nexus and the Fire allow patrons to access to OneClick Digital Audio Books, while all three offer access to Freading eBooks, OverDrive eBooks and Audio Books, and Zinio Magazines.
In addition to the new gadgets, patrons of the library can come to the tech table to test an iPad 2, a Sony eReader and a Nook Simple Touch. If that is not enough, patrons can also take home one of the library's many e-readers (Nooks, Kindles, and Sony E-Readers) or tablets (iPad, Samsung Galaxy, and Kindle Fire) preloaded with books and apps.
Staff at the reference desk can assist patrons with this new technology.