Sometimes it’s nice to get a little incentive to do what you know you probably should be doing anyway. Starting today, the National Association of REALTORS®’ library is offering a special deal to any member who downloads a free book from them through the Member Value Plus Program. Get this: In exchange for you checking out a free e-book from their collection, they are going to give you your own copy of NAR’s Social Media for REALTORS®: Your Website guide.
The offer runs until July 31, but the library is an awesome member benefit even without the incentive. In fact, I’ve been meaning to write about Info Central’s e-book program for quite some time, because I think it has a lot to offer and isn’t widely known among members. They offer more than 3,500 digital books, audiobooks, and videos that can be downloaded to your computer, tablet, or smartphone. The topics tend to be business-oriented, though there are some really interesting options outside of real estate. Continue reading »
By Mary Martinez, National Association of REALTORS® Manager Library & Digital Information Repository
Real estate professionals downloaded over 16,000 digital books from the Virtual Library eBooks Collection at Realtor.org in 2009 — and 2010 is off to a record start with 800-plus downloads in less than the first two weeks of January.
Why the surge in digital books interest? Recent enhancements to the digital library include increased lending limits (up to 6 eBooks can be checked out simultaneously — up from 3), integration with Twitter and Facebook, and now mobile access. With Windows Mobile (5 or newer), members of the National Association of REALTORS® can now wirelessly download audiobooks to their Smartphone, Blackberry®, and other web-enabled devices using OverDrive® Media Console for Windows Mobile. Android™ device owners can install a beta version of OverDrive Media Console to download OverDrive MP3 audiobooks.
By Mary Martinez, NAR Manager, Library & Information Services
No surprise, real estate sales books consistently rank among the top circulating titles in the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ Virtual Library eBooks Collection, a special library collection just for REALTORS® and association staff.
But, this digital collection offers something for every facet of life. NAR members have free access to 1,000 downloadable books, audio books, and videos on everything from managing a real estate career to learning Japanese … from practicing time management to practicing yoga … from using a digital camera to making real money in Second Life. Continue reading »