People flock to libraries to check out e-books
The Chicago Sun Times has this article on the circulation of e-books in libraries.
Patrons who are checking out e-books from their local library are finding them easy to use, but not as easy to read from as traditional printed books. However, they are still flocking to their local library to use them.
\"At the Algonquin Area Public Library, which began offering the gadgets last summer, patrons typically wait several weeks to check out one of six e-books. The library is adding a seventh.\"
\"Since the gadgets are pricey, libraries warn patrons they are on the hook if they break them, and most allow only adults to check them out. So far, people seem to be taking care of them, and librarians say the e-books are worth the investment.
\"There a lot of materials that are expensive,\" said Roberta Burk, a former Algonquin librarian who oversaw the e-book purchase there and is still a big fan of the devices. \"You don\'t want that to be your only criterion to judge if you are going to provide a service to people. You want people to have information, access and ideas regardless of their incomes.\"
\"Of course, no matter how high-tech the e-books get, it still won\'t quite be like reading the real thing.\"
\"There\'s an emotional connection in the way we grew up thinking about what books should be,\" said Burk, now at Northern Illinois University. \"That\'s missing.\"