TECHNOLOGY is changing the way many of us read – and now the borough’s libraries are moving with the times by launching an e-book service.

Library chiefs are acutely aware that readers no longer stick solely to hardback or paperback books – and so the new service allows to download a selection of 1,000 titles.

The e-books work with the majority of phones, tablets and e-readers, although not with the Kindle – one of the most popular devices, because Amazon is not signed up to the scheme.

It will work with Kindle Fire, however.

Customers can borrow five e-books. This is in addition to the 14 books users can borrow from the library network.

Potentially, the service could attract new customers – who would not normally visit the town’s network of libraries.

The initial e-book range includes titles for all ages and tastes, including adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction.

St Helens Council is planning an open day on Wednesday, April 23 (World e-book Day) when librarians and support staff from Barclays Bank, which have formed new partnership for the library service, will be available from 10am to 2pm to talk through any issues with the new scheme.

There is no fine or charge for e-books as they simply disappear after the rental period, although renewal is available.

Visit and access the library section for more information.