In Texas, even the e-books are big
August 1, 2012 | 1:39 am
By Dan Eldridge
Regardless of how the writers at Gawker may feel about the Sunday Styles section, I’ve always been a big fan of trend stories. And as a long-time freelance journalist, I’ve learned to keep a eye out for articles in small-town newspapers, for instance, that might be hinting at a trend-in-progress, but without even necessarily intending to.
Case in point: This story from last week’s Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, which discusses the surprisingly rapid growth of the circulation of e-books at the small Texas town’s public library. In the span of just three years, according to the story, the library’s e-book circulation has risen approximately 200 percent, “from 15,000 to almost 45,000.”
Incidentally, the Lubbock Public Library utilizes the OverDrive platform to loan its books; OverDrive is also one of the five platforms used my hometown’s public library. I’m curious to hear about you own experiences while borrowing e-books—or attempting to borrow, as the case may be. If you know what platform your local library uses (or even if you don’t), please feel free to share your opinions, pro and con, about your e-borrowing experiences.
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Also Worth Reading: Does OverDrive really care about libraries?