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Ebooks are not killing Libraries

on Oct 14, 2011 in Library News |

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You might think that the advent of ebook readers like the Kindle and the NOOK might spell the end of libraries as we know them. Au contraire!

Ebook checkouts increased by more than 200% in 2010, according to a recent study from OverDrive, the leading distributor of ebooks and digital audiobooks to libraries.

Ebook checkouts continue to accelerate, almost tripling through September. This adds to the more than 12 million ebook checkouts so far in 2011, paidContent reports.

More than two-thirds of public libraries in the U.S. now offer ebook checkouts, more than 15,000 of which use OverDrive’s platform. That includes heavy hitters like the New York Public Library.

Read the rest at Mashable: Libraries Fight Back: Ebook Checkouts Up 200%