Saturday, April 17, 2010

E books coming to libraries

I have a friend who thinks books are passe. I am not of the same mind as I believe there will always be books in some form or another. Books have changed quite a lot since the first ones; technology is about to change the format again now that e-books are here. And libraries want to keep up.

The New Brunswick public libraries are planning to start offering e-books in the next few months to allow people access to more reading material in different formats.

There are more than two million library books in the various public libraries across the province, but the collection could jump a lot higher once e-books become available.

Tina Bourgeois, the regional director for libraries in the Albert-Westmorland-Kent Region, said people would eventually be able to download e-books from their home computer instead of visiting their local library branches.

4 comments:

Allie said...

That's so interesting! I'm assuming it will be similar to "renting" movies from itunes, where the ability to access the file runs out after a set amount of time? I think giving people the materials they want in the format they want is a great way to keep people reading!

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