Believe it or not, things got pretty wild at the Arizona Library Association conference, held November 13 and 14.
During the event, the Arizona State Library launched Reading Arizona, a new ebook platform which allows members to "check out" digital copies of hundreds of state-centric published works.
Reading Arizona patrons must create an account through the website. Once they are registered, users within the state will gain access to over 500 digital publications. Once registered, these patrons will be able to access the digital archives even when they leave the state. Users may also choose how long they would like to have access to a particular e-book, and the web-based platform allows multiple users to access a title at the same time.
Available works range from fiction to tour guides to mysteries, both contemporary and historical. Works by contemporary authors such like Edward Abbey, Jana Bommersbach, and Jon Talton are also available through the project. The unifying factor? All of the ebooks available through Reading Arizona revolve around our great state.
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Reading Arizona also features a platform (aptly named "SELF-e") that allows authors to submit self-published works set in the Southwest. Once accepted, these works may be reviewed for entry to the Library Journal collection, a national effort to promote exposure for self-published writers.
The Arizona State Library is adding Reading Arizona to a growing list of complimentary state-wide digital media efforts, including the Arizona Memory Project and the Arizona Digital Newspaper Program.