Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ebooks and Libraries

Source:  Association of American Publishers

Link to May 4 Fond du Lac Reporter sidebar, "Will libraries change?"  [Main article: "Who needs a (paper) book? Electronic readers gaining in popularity".]

Excerpt:   Is new technology affecting libraries? Most definitely, said Ken Hall, director of the Fond du Lac Public Library.

In the next few months, the Fond du Lac Public Library will increase its online audio and video selection. Hall said library users can download them to cell phones, laptops or any other device with video capabilities.

He said it’s a sign of the times — libraries need to offer what today’s readers want, which is multimedia

Although growing exponentially, ebooks comprised an estimated 1.3% of all book sales in 2009.  It still has a way to go before breaking out of its niche status.

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