Automatic Authors to be Replaced by McReader’s Digest in 2014

We’re excited to announce that the Automatic Authors program will be replaced by a new McReader’s Digest Newsletter Service, effective January 1, 2014.

The Automatic Authors program has been a popular service for the past several years, but it has had faults and limitations. It was a blunt instrument–you got all the new books by an author, whether you liked a particular series or not. It made for a lot of books sitting on the hold shelf for patrons who didn’t really want them, while the patrons who did had to wait for weeks. Also, the number of authors we could include was limited. We couldn’t incorporate suggestions or changes easily because it would require everyone to re select their favorites.  Automatic Authors was not only less efficient than we’d like, it just wasn’t giving us an accurate picture of what you really want to read.

Beginning in January, we’ll be sending out a monthly newsletter (email or print, your choice). We will still let you know about new releases by tried-and-true authors, and we’ll also be including books generating buzz in the media, new authors, movie/TV tie-ins, and even crossover titles from our Young Adult collection. We have so many great books at the library and want you to hear about more of them! All you have to do is give us a call and tell us which books/CD’s you want us to hold. If you’re already accessing your account online at, you can also add the holds you want there. If you receive the newsletter by email, there will be direct links in the email where you can request the item.

We will still be placing automatic holds on your account through the end of December, but this new service will give you the ability to better control what books are on your hold list. You will be among the first to know about new books as soon as we order them, and you won’t be limited to a particular number of authors. It will mean shorter waiting times for you and it will also give us the flexibility to more quickly incorporate your suggestions and share them with others.

We have always made it a priority to provide the books that our patrons want to read and hope that you will find this new service allows us to meet your needs better than ever. We’ve included a sample newsletter to give you a taste for what to expect–and yes, you can place holds on these books (if we haven’t done it for you already–remember, we will through December).

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions—either at the checkout desk or by calling (270) 442-2510 x120.


  1. eleanor summers says:

    How do I get an account set up so I can request books thru my email account?

    • Hey Eleanor,
      The easiest way to get on the email list is to visit our Book News site. Here’s the link:

      Just under the big section with the spinning books, there is a list of our reading lists that you can subscribe to. If you want the McReader’s Digest list each month, just check the box next to it. You can choose to receive as many of those other lists as you want as well.

      When you’ve picked your lists, enter your email address in the box at the bottom, and click subscribe. You’ll get an email asking you to click a link to confirm your email address, and once you click it, you’re done!

      You’ll get a list of books each week and each will have a link to our catalog where you can place a hold on it. Or you can call us and we’ll place you on hold for any book you want.

      Hope that helps! If you have any other questions just call us at 270-442-2510.