An article in The Marietta Times called Hooked on Books had some interesting info on e-books. At one local library, the number of e-books checked out “jumped from 3,258 in 2009 to 4,996 in 2010. Already this year, 1,043 e-books have been checked out.” Within the local library system there are 12,190 downloadable titles. There are “no overdue fines and the books automatically return themselves after a certain period, which is about three weeks for most titles.”
Even so, librarians and local bookstores don’t seem worried about the “demise” of print books. One bookstore owner said, “There's always going to be a certain percentage of people that want their hands on a paper page….They want to be able to lay in bed and read their book - they want to be able to feel that page and turn that page."
Does the library close to you lend e-books? If so, how many different formats do they support? Have you checked one out?
I don’t believe our local library lends e-books yet. I think it’s a great idea, though. And probably one more and more libraries will put into action.
4 months ago