eBooks Gaining Ground w/ Patrons at NYPL and Beyond

search-engines-web.com sends “this from the NY Times

In the first eight days of operation in early November, and with little fanfare, the library’s cardholders – from New York City and New York state and, increasingly, from elsewhere – checked out more than 1,000 digital books and put another 400 on waiting lists (the library has a limited number of licenses for each book).

E-books are only one way that libraries are laying claim to a massive online public as their newest service audience. The institutions are breaking free from the limitations of physical location by making many kinds of materials and services available at all times to patrons who are both cardholders and Web surfers, whether they are homebound in the neighborhood or halfway around the world.

” This is a nice follow-up to Sunday’s thumbs-up ebook essay.