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Library eBook Checkouts Up 200% This Year

Compared to last year, eBook checkouts at libraries have increased 200 percent in 2011. According to third quarter 2011 research from digital book distributor OverDrive, eBook checkouts from libraries are expected to be more than 16 million by the end of the year.

eBookNewser has more: “The company has also reported that almost 2 million new users signed up for the ability to check out books from libraries through the OverDrive network this year, which is about double last year. Interestingly mobile devices are accounting for 21% of all checkouts from the network, as more readers are checking out library books using their phones.”

eBook availability at libraries has grown a lot over the past year, as more libraries have signed up to offer this format. In addition, Amazon recently began allowing users to check out library books directly from the Kindle. If you’d like to check out eBooks from your local library using OverDrive, check out our post on How To Download eBooks From Your Local Library post.

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