Saturday, February 5, 2011

Proof of the growing popularity of ebooks

I visited the OverDrive website the other day to look for some information, and found this interesting article:

eBook Checkouts at Libraries Up 200 Percent in 2010

There is no doubt now that ebooks have become increasingly popular.  Even since I started checking out library ebooks a few months ago, I have seen dramatic increases in wait lists on the more popular books, such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

I, for one, have been slowly reading and returning my "DTB" (dead tree book) library books, and concentrating more heavily on borrowing ebooks.  I like that I don't have to drive out to the library to pick up and return the books, and that I don't have to worry about returning it by the due date or risking fines.  I also like that I don't have to worry about the "ew" factor (some library books are really, really dirty).  And as I mentioned before, the wait times are generally much shorter than for regular library books.  There's a lot to love about library ebooks, and I expect they will continue to grow in popularity!

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