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Rise in eBook Reading

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     The West Chicago Public Library District has noticed a significant increase recently in the number of eBooks “borrowed” from the Library. A new report from the Pew Internet and Family Life Project, a 3-year grant funded research project supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, confirms this rise in e-reading. According to Pew’s research, 1 in 5 Americans have read an eBook in the last year. In fact, four times the number of people report reading eBooks on a typical day now compared with only two years ago. And the number of people that own e-reader devices or tablets nearly doubled between mid-December 2011 and January 2012.

      Over the last six months, eBook circulation at West Chicago has more than doubled.  In response to this increased demand, the Library offers some 8,500 titles in e-media format which can be borrowed for free simply by using a West Chicago Public Library card.  These eBooks are compatible with Sony Readers, Nooks, Kindles, iPads, iPods, iPhones, MP3 players, and other devices.  A subscription to the OverDrive Advantage program gives West Chicago Public Library District cardholders exclusive access to additional eBook titles.  This includes additional copies of popular titles as well as new titles not available through the Library consortium.  Best of all, eBooks are available via MyMediaMall digital library 24/7.

     “Providing  access to a wide variety of eMedia, including eBooks and  eAudiobooks, is just one of the many ways we strive to meet the evolving needs of our patrons,” says Administrative Librarian Melody E. Coleman.  “The West Chicago Public Library District is currently engaged in strategic long-range planning to establish priorities for the allocation of resources covering an array of informational formats as well as educational and cultural programming,” she added.


  • Shelley Campbell, Public Relations Specialist

  • West Chicago Public Library District

  • Phone: (630) 231-1552, ext. 128

  • FAX: (630) 231-1709


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