Virginia Cooperative Extension has released three new titles in its ongoing series of free e-book publications.

The publications now available for download are:

“Selecting Landscape Plants: Groundcovers,” Extension publication 426-609
“Selecting Landscape Plants: Boxwoods,” Extension publication 426-603
“Food Storage Guidelines For Consumers,” Extension publication 348-960

The e-book format is an easy, convenient, and environmentally friendly way to disseminate valuable and practical information. Extension’s publications are available for iPads, iPhones, and the iPod touch. They can be viewed on non-Apple e-reader devices as well.

Extension publications posted on the Web received close to 4 million page views in 2012 — a number that is expected to increase. Since they were first released in May 2012, Extension e-books have been downloaded more than 1,380 times. Extension will continue to release e-books that reflect popular topics relevant to the respective season.

“The e-books reflect our commitment to reach larger and more diverse audiences,” said Ed Jones, director of Virginia Cooperative Extension. “These e-books provide another valuable tool for putting knowledge into the hands of the people.”

Extension specialists write numerous publications every year that address key issues in agriculture; finance; animals; home and family; community development; lawn and garden; the environment; and foods, nutrition, and health.

E-books have many advantages, including their portability and small size. Readers can flip the pages of an e-book book as easily as they turn the pages of a hardcover or paperback book. Readers can search for keywords, copy and email content, add notes or highlight text, adjust font size, and back up their e-book libraries.

Learn how to download the e-books.

Virginia Cooperative Extension publications will continue to be available in PDF format for desktop and laptop users.