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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A study released Monday by the Pew Internet Project says one out of every three Americans owns an E-reader or tablet.

The ownership of such devices jumped from 18 to 29 percent from mid-December to early January, the study states.

But local libraries are still seeing more people coming through their doors because most have turned digital book-borrowing into a service.

Since November, the High Point Public Library has recorded more than 1,000 E-book checkouts each month.

The Forsyth County Public Library has also noticed an increase in digital checkouts — from 500 in December 2010 to more than 3,000 in December 2011.

When a library buys the digital rights to new books, they’re added to the North Carolina Digital Library.  However, only that library’s patrons are able to download the book.

A basic Kindle can cost anywhere from $79 to $199 at local retail stores.