May 27, 2022

Audio Report: E-Books, Caveats And All, May Be Boon to Cash-Strapped Libraries

From WNYC (New York):

Digital books are the fastest growing area of publishing, and libraries are seeing a surge in demand for e-book titles — but finding an e-book can be tough.


“In Queens we have over 70,000 books a day that we check back in and 70,000 going out. So in a digital world, there’s considerable savings for libraries,” said Queens Library CEO Tom Galante.

As libraries struggle with years of successive budget cuts, the new medium could bring some relief because it eliminates the cost of labeling, shelving and tracking books. But finding an e-book can be tough.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.