More library users are looking beyond the printed page.
From January to Nov. 27, Southwest Public Libraries patrons checked out 6,808 e-books, compared to 1,594 e-book checkouts for January to December of 2010.
“I think it’s just another method for people to get their resources,” said Debbie Wittkop, digital services-outreach librarian.
Electronic books have been available at Southwest Public Libraries for the past five years, but the library system saw e-book interest increase after December of 2010, Wittkop said. While the most popular devices were the Barnes and Noble Nook and the Sony eReader, the Amazon Kindle has slightly outpaced both since it became available to libraries near the end of September.