If you are your local library’s frequent visitor and a book enthusiast, web service such as Wowbrary could be very useful if you want to monitor new books, movies, CDs or DVDs arrival. Wowbrary is a nonprofit and free service which provides users with updated information about their local library’s latest books or reading materials and acquisitions on a weekly basis.
To get this free service to deliver the latest news to you, users just need to enter their zip code to select the nearby libraries within their neighborhood. Wowbrary at this point of time serve mostly major US cities but the service is expanding worldwide. Once users have selected the library, a click to the Go button will enable users to receive weekly email, in a newsletter format. The email will notify users of the latest materials available in the library. Besides email, users can also subscribe to the RSS Feed to get similar information. The RSS feeds are divided into various categories and users are allowed to subscribe in accordance to categories/topics that interest them.
Wowbrary is very useful for frequent library visitors. They can check the new arrivals via Wowbrary and snatch them before others. The shortcoming of this service is its coverage. It will be more useful if the coverage is worldwide and more libraries are included into this web service.