E-Books Help Boost Library Use

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Check into online catalogs at your library and you can check out e-books for your Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android devices or computer.  

E-books -- and the recently added e-magazines -- mean more north country residents with library cards.

"The usage of one library service is awareness of all library services, eventually, so the usage of everything seems to go up together," said Matthew Corey, the North Country Library System's online resources consultant.

But that doesn't come without some bumps. The publishing industry is still figuring out its relationship with libraries, with some publishers charging very high prices.

"Some of the best-sellers cost us $80 or $90 for an e-book," said North Country Library System director Steve Bolton.

As for the publishing industry, Bolton says "hopefully they'll come around and recognize libraries for what we've always been."

That is, a friend of publishers and promoters of literacy.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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