Interest & investment in library e-books growing

Published 09/04 2013 11:14AM

Updated 09/04 2013 11:19AM

SPRINGFIELD -- Libraries around the state and across the country are trying to keep up with the demand for electronic books. Springfield's public library is just one of many offering e-books through their websites.

Workers at Springfield's Lincoln Library say the interest in e-books is so great, they're getting a new group of followers. Patrons are signing up for library cards, just so they can borrow these files.

But some librarians in other parts of the state say this is a problem. They claim a single copy of an e-book for borrowers can cost as much as $85.

It's more than what it would cost for the print version of the same book. Some in the book world say it could get easier for libraries to meet the costs and demands as publishers look at changing certain restrictions.

Curtis Mann, of the Lincoln Library says library patrons can access upwards of 6,000 e-books online whereas there are tens of thousands of print books available in the library.

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