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Thursday August 24, 2017

E-readers for checkout in NY Public Library?

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While e-readers have steadily been on the rise, growing popular with readers of all stripes, the New York Public Library is considering loaning out the devices to library members, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Anthony Marx, the president of the New York Public Library, told the Wall Street Journal that the library is exploring the opportunity of making e-readers available for checkout. The move, he said, would be a natural extension of the library’s mission to get people to “read more and think more.”

E-books have been available for checkout for members of 11,000 libraries since ¬†Sept. 21, when Amazon began allowing users to borrow e-books for download onto their Kindles, WSJ notes.¬†Although Amazon declined to provide precise numbers on how many e-books have been borrowed, in the past month, registrations have doubled on the New York Public Library’s website. The library’s website averages 2,000 e-book checkouts and signs up about 200 new users per day, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Wall Street Journal