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Kindles, e-books are rocking (and killing print books?)

Unless you live in a cave or under a rock, you might very well be aware that the Kindle e-reader is one of the hot consumer electronic items around. And, likewise, a sizzling item for libraries.

The ACC Library added a few Kindles, and they were well received. Our brethren (or is it sister?) libraries have had the same response, with Kindles flying off the shelves, so to speak. Now the ACC Library has added more Kindles, for a total of 14, available for checkout by staff, faculty, and students.

Are e-books going to kill print books as some doomsayers have predicted? Is it a significant trend or just a fad? Well, Amazon recently announced that for the last three months it was selling more e-books than hardcover books and in the last month it sold 180 digital books for every 100 hardcover copies.

There is at least one skeptical voice (a CNET blogger) saying the information provided by Amazon is misleading and deceptive. (For the details, google “What Amazon didn’t say about e-books”).

Did I use the word “killing”? Perhaps that’s a little too melodramatic and sensationalistic. Perhaps a better word would be “impacting” or “hurting.”


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