CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Information about West Virginia's bears, coyotes, snakes, eagles, salamanders, neo-tropical birds, plants, frogs, and even tiger beetles is now no farther away than the click of a computer mouse.
Division of Natural Resources officials have converted several of their educational booklets and pamphlets to e-books and are making them available for online viewing or for free download.
"All of our e-books have been in print form at one time or another," said Karen McClure, who coordinated the effort. "Some of them are new, and some of them are out of print."
McClure said the first e-books posted were quiz-style books designed to help young people learn more about bears, coyotes and bobcats.
"When the folks in [the DNR's Wildlife Diversity Section] saw the quiz books on the website, they said they'd like to add some other pamphlets and booklets," she said.
In short order, e-books had been created for several non-game species.
Most of the books run eight to 20 pages in length and are displayed in a program, 3D Issue, that allows readers to turn virtual pages by clicking on arrows just outside the pages' right and left margins.
McClure said the e-books can be read online or can be downloaded to computers or mobile devices.