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Alberta’s public library branch wants to share its 1,000 e-books with you

Text and an illustration from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" are displayed on an iPad, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in New York. The J.K. Rowling books are being released with animated or interactive illustrations, but only through Apple’s iBooks Store and require the use of an Apple mobile device or a Mac computer.
Text and an illustration from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" are displayed on an iPad, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, in New York. The J.K. Rowling books are being released with animated or interactive illustrations, but only through Apple’s iBooks Store and require the use of an Apple mobile device or a Mac computer. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

The province wants to make more e-books available to Albertans.

The Public Library Services Branch of Alberta Municipal Affairs recently released a request for proposals (RFP) for a vendor to create a platform for its e-books collection.

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The desired platform will make the e-books available to libraries across the province. There are approximately 320 libraries in the Alberta Public Library Network.

There are roughly 1,000 titles that are available for upload into the platform by October and approximately 200 titles will be uploaded each following year.

The branch wants to integrate the e-books into the system so they can be easily discovered so they can be borrowed.

The initial project has a budget of $50,000 for set-up, maintenance and other project costs. There is a second year budget of $25,000.

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