Published: Nov 19, 2010 11:55 PM EST
Updated: Nov 19, 2010 7:09 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The days of book drops and overdue fines may be numbered. Lee County is putting more of its $2.8 million dollar book budget toward E-books, available for download at the click of a mouse.

"It's completely free. It's a library checkout, so it's just like our print books, so you can check them out for free," Debra Czarnik, Technical Services Manager at Lee County Library System said.

All you need is a valid library card and computer access to start browsing E-books on the library's main website.

There are 28,000 digital titles to choose from. Once you log on and plug in, E-books are automatically transferred in a matter of minutes.

"Harry Potter might take you half an hour to download, but a shorter title might take you ten minutes, from the point of finding it and downloading it," Czarnik said.

For those who aren't exactly tech-savvy, a Digital Bookmobile is in town. It's making pit-stops at three libraries in Lee County to walk users through downloading E-books onto electronic reading devices.

"We're introducing them to the website and showing them how to search and find their favorite authors," Czarnik said Friday.

Say farewell to those infamous late fees. Digital downloads have an electronic time stamp, automatically expiring titles within two weeks of checkout.

"That's the beauty of it. It returns itself and there's never any fines with this," Czarnik said.

For a complete list of electronic reading devices that are compatible with Lee County Library System, visit this website:

http://lcls.lib.overdrive.com/

For more information on downloading digital titles from the library, visit:

library.leegov.com/