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LIBRARIES across Hampshire are going hi-tech by expanding their collections of digital books and digital audio books.

Hampshire County Council’s Library Service launched an e-book and e-audio downloading service at the end of 2009 in a bid to attract digital savvy users.

Over 27,200 items have already been downloaded with an average 2,700 downloads a month – making it the busiest online service in the country.

A new deal has been struck with Bloomsbury Public Library Online. It offers unlimited access to five shelves of books including crime novels by writers such as Stieg Larsson, bestsellers like William Boyd and the Booker Prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson.

Public Library Online works differently from the services the council already uses as the books are read online rather than from a downloaded copy.

This enables anyone with an internet connection to use the service. There is unlimited access at any one time.

E-audio books can be downloaded on to a mp3 player

Go to to see what titles are available.