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Broward libraries use QR code posters for eBook downloads

Ebookposter Don't judge a book by its QR code pattern.

Visitors to Broward County libraries can browse and download electronic book titles by scanning a QR code. (See: How to use QR codes) The code is featured on posters in the library. To scan the code, you'll need a smartphone or tablet computer with a camera, and you'll also need to download a free QR scanning app.

The code will take you to the public domain eBook section of the Broward County Library website. From there, you can see the 15,000 free .epub files. And because the books are public domain, there's no library card required to download.

It's a creative way to advertise the eBook service. But not every smartphone may be able to download the books. I couldn't get it to download the .epub file using the web browser on the Verizon Droid Charge phone I've recently been testing. Most folks might be better off going directly to the library's eBook website on their computer, and then loading the files manually on the phone or eReader.

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