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Technology Bytes: Check Out E-Books From the Library

Technology + Gear
by Michelle Schusterman Nov 24, 2009
If heading up to your library and checking out a book is too much trouble, how about getting online and temporarily downloading it – free and legally?

Whether or not you’re a fan of e-readers like the Kindle or nook, they aren’t going anywhere. According to The New York Times, you might even be able to soon check out e-books from your local library.

NYT reports that the New York Public Library, for example, “has about 18,300 e-book titles, compared with 860,500 in circulating print titles, and purchases of digital books represent less than 1 percent of the library’s overall acquisition budget.”

It’s a small start, but it’s a start nonetheless. In a time where the only purpose books sometime seem to serve is to be made into a blockbuster movie, it’s refreshing to see libraries making great literature both old and new even more accessible to the public.

Maybe newspapers and publishers haven’t quite figured out how to embrace the digital age, but it seems at least libraries are thinking about the future.

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