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Libraries struggling with e-book revolution

'We need to get more for our money, not less'

Jacob Edwards Librarian Ashley Malouin, left, shows Amber Vaillancourt how an e-reader works. The library has two e-readers for patrons to try and patrons can visit the library’s website to download more than 2,000 e-books. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
April 28, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — With greater technology comes greater problems.

As more and more people buy Nooks, Kindles and other e-readers, libraries are having no choice but to adapt with the changing times.

Throughout American and world history, anyone can walk into a public library and armed with nothing more than a free library card, access unlimited amounts of knowledge.

Sadly, certain book companies are trying to change how the game is played.

"In the last couple of weeks, Kindle, the Amazon product, has become compliant with digital libraries that public libraries have," said Library Director Margaret Morrissey. "You can now borrow a book from the public library and the Kindle is now compliant with our Overdrive software. Before, the Nook, the Barnes and Noble product, and the one Sony makes were the only [digital book devices] that worked with public libraries. I think that vendors have finally seen the light and now they realize that libraries are finally going to be part of the equation."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Janines Frostee
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