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I was on the Hawaii State Library website today and happened upon their Digital Book page. It's a service powered by It allows you to borrow e-books and CDs for three weeks at a time. So far I've checked out books about doing business in China and website design technique. And I'm listening to some Beethoven right now, too.

For books, it uses the Adobe Digital Editions program. You use OverDrive's Media Console to listen to CDs.

A valid Hawaii library card is required.

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Comment by Mika Leuck on February 1, 2008 at 2:14pm
> Leopard users be warned

Thank you for the warning!

> There's a certain visceral quality to real books
> that ebooks can't match.

I agree. Reading long books online hurts my eyes. I like the smell of a new book! I use online books only as references.
Comment by Ken Mayer on February 1, 2008 at 2:02pm
Leopard users be warned: Adobe's DRM doesn't work in 10.5. Once again, going backward [Vista-grading], this time to Acro Reader 7.0.9 fixes the problem. See the thread at There are a lot of angry users out there.

I'm old school. There's a certain visceral quality to real books that ebooks can't match. Not just the practical aspects like having more than one open on my desk at once, or scribbling in the margins, but also the smell of them! Light reflecting off paper has a unique quality to it. There's nothing like a new book. I used to have a library that filled an entire wall at home. It was a very sad day when I had to give almost all of them away.
Comment by Daniel Leuck on January 30, 2008 at 1:23am
They have a free trial and offer free chapters for some books. Ikayzo pays $23 a month for our subscription.
Comment by Truman Leung on January 29, 2008 at 10:40pm
I think I remember using the Safari service some years ago. Did it used to be free? I seem to remember browsing through an O'Reilly book online once.
Comment by Daniel Leuck on January 29, 2008 at 6:23pm
Very interesting. I was unaware of this service.

We use O'Reilly's Safari ebook service which is very useful, especially for reference type books. For books I plan to read cover to cover I still tend to buy the paperback.


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