March 30, 2020

Boston: “Demand For E-books Rises at Area Libraries”

From WBUR:

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.

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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 (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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