Libraries Adapt to Digital Age with E-readers
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.