Meeting supply, demand of e-books
Over the last few months, the number of e-books that you have downloaded from the Delaware County District Library to iPads, iPhones, Nooks, Kindles, Droids, computers and other devices has increased a lot each month. In December 2011, the number of downloads totalled more than 2000 — a 240 percent increase from December 2010. Overall, e-book downloads grew by more than 153 percent in the last year.
It was easy to see that the library needed to supplement the number of eBooks that were available to our customers to supply the growing demand. For several years, we have been a member of the Ohio EBook Project, a statewide consortium that provides downloadable e-books, audio books, music and movies for all Ohio residents who have library cards at participating libraries. The Ohio EBook Project is a wonderful resource-sharing system, but the supply of e-books is outstripping the demand for them.
To help alleviate this situation, the library recently contracted with another e-book supplier, and we recently purchased nearly 600 titles that will only be available for DCDL customers. These titles are still listed in the library’s catalog as –books, but the link that you click on to access the book is called “Blio EBook.” Blio is the name of the reader that is a free download.
Blio books come in full color. We have ordered dozens of travel books, how-to books, children’s books and fiction books. They are easy to check out and can be downloaded to multiple devices. As with any e-book, if you have any trouble downloading a Blio e-book, simply ask any of the librarians who are fully versed on nearly every device currently available.
E-books continue to be in demand, and we are diligently working to increase their supply. I think you will find Blio e-books to be a nice addition to the thousands of e-books available on the Ohio EBook Project.
Why do some radio stations begin with K and some with W?
The short answer is “because the government says so.” According to World Book Encyclopedia, in the days of the telegraph, operators started the practice of using short letter sequences as identifiers, referring to them as call letters or call signs. Early radio operators continued the practice, but without a central authority assigning call letters, radio operators often chose letters already in use, leading to confusion. To alleviate the problem, the Bureau of Navigation began assigning three-letter call signs to American ships in the early 1910s. Ships in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico got a K prefix and in the Pacific and the Great Lakes got a W. When the federal government began licensing commercial radio stations, it had planned to assign call letters to the land-based stations in the same way, but things got flipped during implementation, and Eastern stations got W call signs and the Western ones got Ks. The rules have never really been followed exactly, and there are plenty of exceptions.
Who is the Rev. George S. Rentz?
The Rev. George S. Rentz was a Presbyterian minister who served as a Navy chaplain during both World Wars. When an attack by the Japanese sunk his ship, the Houston on March 1, 1942, as noted in Merriman Webster’s Biographical Dictionary, Rentz ordered Seaman First Class Walter L. Beeson to take the life jacket, then Rentz prayed and quietly abandoned the wood he was floating on and disappeared before the other men knew what he was doing. Rentz was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, and the frigate USS Rentz was named in his honor.
What kind of dog was the Nixons’ Checkers?
In the biography, Richard Nixon, it is explained that Lou Carrol, a traveling salesman from Texas, heard Nixon’s wife mention during a radio interview how much the Nixon children wanted a dog. So he sent them a black and white spotted American Cocker Spaniel that Nixon’s daughter Tricia named Checkers. Checkers died in 1964 and is buried in Wantagh, N.Y., on Long Island’s Bide-A-Wee Pet Cemetery.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call us at 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at mjsantos@ delawarelibrary.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked.