Libraries move fast on e-book lending

<p>Library services are signing up en masse to offer e-book lending services. Windsor and Maidenhead announced the launch of its e-book service this week, with Bexley, Bromley, Kensington &amp; Chelsea, Hampshire, Lewisham, Liverpool, Norfolk and Sutton all due to follow suit shortly. </p><p>Essex and Luton have been running e-book services for some time, and Richmond upon Thames also now offers a limited service. The libraries are working with US company Overdrive, which supplies e-book services to 8,000-plus libraries in North America and globally, and has been targeting the UK market strongly this year. </p><p>Using the Overdrive system, users download books from their library&#39;s website to read on a computer or hand-held device for a limited time period. Lancashire-based library supplier Askews is also preparing to offer e-book supply. </p>