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Amazon: E-books now outsell print books

Matt Hamblen | May 19, 2011
Switch to digital books a turning point, as public transitions from paper books to e-readers.

Ervin said users of e-readers tend to favor e-book buying rather than borrowing, since the purchasing process is relatively quick and easy.

"Borrowing an e-book is overwhelming sometimes, and the way OverDrive works is complex for some people to get onto their devices, whatever those might be," she said. First, you have to see what book is available, and then download the e-reader software and load the actual e-book onto the device, she said, adding, "It's cumbersome."

Ervin said she's not really misty-eyed for printed books and believes that soon enough, e-book borrowing will be much easier and more commonplace. For now, the inevitable replacement of print books with e-books continues unabated.

"In my own reference department, we have in the past ordered several titles of literary criticism in paper, but this year we stopped those and have them as e-books," she said. "That way, anybody can read them, even when the library is closed."


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