Boston: “Demand For E-books Rises at Area Libraries”
On Tuesday alone, Watertown Free Public Library assistant director Caitlin Browne spent close to $10,000 on e-books and audiobooks. She says the library is trying to provide for their patrons while the library is closed to the public.
“We’ve basically just decided to throw a lot of our physical collection budget into the digital collection for now, since we don’t really know what’s going to happen,” Browne said.
Other town libraries, such as the Public Library of Brookline, has seen an increase of nearly 65% in e-book requests since closing on March 12.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.