LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles County Public Library announced today it is adding 10,000 eBooks to its digital collection.

The addition comes in the wake of an announcement yesterday by Amazon.com that Kindle users will now have access to eBooks from more than 11,000 libraries nationwide.

The County Library already supports iPad, Nook, Sony Reader and most smartphones for its current eBook collection.
The new eBooks will build on top of the library’s digital collection of 3,000 books and audio books.
“We are a library for the 21st century,” County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd said. “For a hundred years this library has made the printed word accessible to all Los Angeles County residents. For the next hundred years and beyond, we will continue this important mission.”

Patrons checked out nearly 16,000 copies of eBooks last month, the libary said. Officials hope to have all of the new eBooks available by October.

The county is contracting with OverDrive, a Cleveland-based digital distributor, to make the books available.

The eBooks are available to County Library cardholders at http://www.colapublib.org/eBooks.