Read anywhere, anytime, on your own device!

Nearly 1500 e-books are now available to our college students and staff for free!

Click here, register and once approved, you can start reading.


Reading is good

New BooksWelcome to MAC library this year!

Our 3 rules:

  • NO FOOD in the library
  • Borrow 4 books up to 3 weeks
  • Always record your book loan at the issue desk

Many new books arrive weekly on the “New Books” shelf.

There are also more than 200 ebooks on our FREE e-library to read on your own device.

Reading is good, so read more!

E-books have arrived !


The college library is stepping in the e-books era!

Click on the image or the link on the right to open the e-book lending platform and click on Sign in to register. Once the librarian has approved your account, you can scroll the catalog and download one or two e-books on your own device for up to 3 weeks.

To read it, you will need to download Adobe Digital Edition and to create a user account.

There aren’t many books available yet, it’s just a start. Any issue, ask your librarian!

Publish your book!

To celebrate NZ Book Month, Derek Grzelewski talked in assembly to our students and encouraged aspiring writers to self-publish. “While Gutenberg press created a new era of knowledge diffusion“, he said, “ebook new revolution empowers everyone to publish their work, for free!

100_7356In the Q&A session that followed, he shared the main resources to do so.

  • Kindle Direct Publishing to create your Amazon kindle e-book
  • IBooks Author, to create and publish multi-touch books for iPad.
  • Smashword to publish and distribute ebooks to the major retailers, fast, free and easy for any author or publisher, anywhere in the world.

On his BestSellerLab blog, Jonathan Gunson offers practical advice on how to get published and grow your readership.

And here is a list of writing, poetry and film competitions to test your writing skills.

Are E-books good for reading?

Teenagers are certainly engaged by screens but not necessarily for reading. The result of our poll says that 50% of teenagers would probably read more on e-books as they get very engaged by screens, while 25% acknowledge they would probably get distracted and 25% prefer paper books.

We currently have 2 Kindles available for loan in the library. They are constantly issued! For students struggling with reading, they are great as the font size can be chosen and most e-books can also be read aloud. We plan to get more e-readers.

This article describes how e-books can motivate young non-readers and reluctant readers into reading and lead them to paper books too. http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/printissuecurrentissue/890540-427/are_ebooks_any_good.html.csp

A study http://www.fluency21.com/blogpost.cfm?blogID=2298 compared reading behaviour, text comprehension, and information recall from ebooks, tablet PC and paper. The results show it is equivalent, except reading is faster on a Tablet PC !  

Other researchers however point out the lack of spacial navigation cues on the e-books (and on the Internet in general) that could impact the way our brain develops and reactivates memory http://agnosticmaybe.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/this-is-your-brain-on-ebooks/ As we are guinea pigs in this space, it is worthwhile checking and questioning regularly the impacts of the technologies on our well-being. In this case,  I would argue, if we keep a balanced life of enjoying the outdoors, as we do in Wanaka, we’ll be safe.

Conclusion is that the most important technology is still “READING”!