Ebooks: Who's reading the reader?

Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 14:15

“Are you reading your book, or is it reading you?” Have you been wondering?

Journalist Rachael Brown recently interviewed Mark Coker, the chief executive of Smashwords, an independent publisher based in California on the subject for a segment on the ABC’s AM program.  You can hear the audio file or read the transcript here.

The Summer Read - in eBooks

Monday, December 23, 2013 - 14:51

Every summer the State library of Victoria runs a reading program -The Summer Read -  that focuses on books set in Victoria, about Victorians or by Victorian authors.

New December Zinio Titles

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 11:28

Borrowers now have access to some of our most popular magazine titles in a digital format through Zinio. The best part is there is no cost involved to have your own copy!  You will no longer need to place a hold to access these titles, (in digital format,) they are available instantly for download. If you would like further information on how to access these titles, speak to a staff member at your local branch.


The  new titles are:

Country Style

Woman’s Own ( a new title, only available in digital format)

Super Food Ideas

Christmas in eBooks

Monday, December 16, 2013 - 11:00

Christmas is nearly here.  Our Overdrive service offers a selection of Christmas stories, cookbooks and music to borrow.

Ida Pollock – romance novelist

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 20:18

Ida Pollock -the world’s oldest romance novelist died this week at the age of 105. Her last book will be published in 2014 - what a record!  Read about her in this Daily Mail article with the racy title World's oldest erotic novelist dies aged 105. It’s fascinating.

Printed books vs ebooks. Some questions to get you thinking....

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 19:11

Matthew Brady of  theguardian.com,

Wednesday 27 November 2013 02.19 AEST poses some really thought provoking questions.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 12:42

Public Records Office Victoria

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:18

Public Records Office Victoria hold a number of records relating to the Victorian State Government.  Think about how your ancestor interacted with the government and which department that may have created a record. Records date from 1836.

The researcher landing page is a good introduction.

Free online indexes  include passenger lists, wills and probate, education and more.


Scarecrows in the Garden!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 14:44

Check out these exciting new additions to Diamond Valley Library's lovely garden!

The students from Apollo Parkways paid us a visit and created these very impressive scarecrows using an array of recycled materials.