E-books from Atlantic authors get boost from Read Local program – CBC.ca

Asa Kachan

Asa Kachan is the chief librarian and CEO of Halifax Public Libraries. (CBC)

Hundreds of e-books from Atlantic Canadian authors are now available at public libraries across the province thanks to a new program called “Read Local.”

The province of Nova Scotia provided $40,000 to help fund the program which is a partnership between the libraries and the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association.

So far, 12 regional publishers have signed on.

Asa Kachan is the chief librarian and CEO of Halifax Public Libraries and says the key is to make sure the titles available are from local authors.

Kachan says e-book requests are up 20 per cent over last year.

“We’ve seen a growth in the public’s interest in having books in electronic format,” she said.

Nova Scotia is the first province outside Quebec to broaden free access to local books.

“We think it will increase interest in Atlantic authors… getting the books in the hands of people will really increase the visibility of our local authors and really give that local content to people,” she said.

More than 600 new e-books are now available across the province.

The titles are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, and cover a range of subjects for primarily adult readers.