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.

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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.

Read the story at http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/technology/personaltech/e-books-are-easier-to-borrow-just-be-prepared-to-wait.html?_r=3&pagewanted=all