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Last updated 07:31 18/12/2012

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Imagine lying under a pohutukawa tree by the sea, listening to a free audio book on your mobile phone or browsing the Puke Ariki catalogue.

Here's another scenario - you're a late- night listener who plays audio books to help you get to sleep, but in the middle of the night you get to the end of your story.

Puke Ariki delivery services manager Dale Cousens says the insomniac can instantly download a new book to his or her phone without getting out of bed. They do need to be hooked up to the internet, though, via wi-fi or 3G.

And they need free apps.

Bolinda Audio has new mobile apps for Apple and Android phones, which can be downloaded and linked straight to Puke Ariki's digital collection.

Ms Cousens says that when members download the app, they will need their Puke Ariki library card on hand, because they will be asked to enter the barcode and PIN number.

"You will only be asked this once to make sure you're a valid library user."

After that, the Bolinda collection will be at people's fingertips.

"You can search the collection, borrow and download and reserve as well," she said.

In the New Year, the Bolinda collection will be extended to include ebooks.

Until then, most people who get an ereader for Christmas will be able to download books through the free OverDrive Media Console library app. This is available on pukeariki.com and also through the app stores.

Not all ereaders can access the ePukapuka library collection, so it's important to find out what is best before buying one, said Ms Cousens.

So far, Puke Ariki has access to about 1500 titles, and that's slowly growing.

"The advantage of this digital collection is that they are available 24/7 and anywhere you can get online," Ms Cousens said.

"One of our staff members got online and renewed her ebook while she was on holiday overseas."

People can borrow ebooks for two weeks. There is no fee and no fines to worry about, because the book is returned automatically when the loan period expires.

Ms Cousens says anybody who isn't sure what to do or how to work their ereader or mobile phone app can get help from Puke Ariki Library staff. "If you ring ahead, we can certainly make a time for you to see one of the staff who are more familiar with the technology - bring your ereader or phone along with you."

There is free wi-fi in the Puke Ariki Library for people to access the digital collection as well.

For people wanting a low-tech Christmas, there's plenty to do at Puke Ariki.

Children can get crafty for Christmas at Puke Ariki and the Community Libraries this week and next.

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Come along to hear Christmas tales, to deck your hall with decorations or make a placemat starring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Check out pukeariki.com for details. Phone 06 759 6060 to book the kids into these festive sessions.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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