Released: April 11, 2012

E-Book Borrowing, Preceded by E-Book Waiting

As a technical matter, it’s remarkably easy to borrow an e-book from your local library. But not if you want to take out the best-selling biography of Steven P. Jobs, the hero of the Internet age who helped lure tens of millions of people to personal computers, tablets and other digital devices.


Three years ago, 2 percent of American adults owned an e-reader, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, and only a few had a tablet. By January, in the latest Pew survey, 28 percent of adults said they owned an e-reader or a tablet, or both.

Libraries have been scrambling to catch up. Many have significantly expanded their budgets for e-books, buying from independent publishers and smaller houses.

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