Thursday, August 12, 2010

E-books taking off at Vancouver public libraries — and they carry no late fees

I hope this is a leading indicator of a mainstream library trend (via Security Curve); see this page for more details

The library doesn’t separate e-book seekers from other website visitors, but when coupled with the number of questions the library is receiving about digital files, it’s clear interest in e-books is on the rise, Kavanagh said.

Digital books, newspapers and magazines can be downloaded onto personal devices or computers directly from the library’s website, and when they need to be returned, the file automatically disappears, eliminating the potential for late fees or lost materials. A library card and a device to read the book are all that’s required to access the virtual library.

E-books taking off at Vancouver public libraries — and they carry no late fees

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