Rise of e-reading in Texoma

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

DURANT, OK-- Before today, Cindy Ruhl, didn't know she could check out books through her e-reader. She was buying virtual books with her Kindle or still renting actual books from the library.

"This way I can check out an e-book, and not have to pay for it and can read it and they take it back when my 7 or 14 days are up and I don't have to pay a late fee or anything like that."

The Donald W. Reynolds Library in Durant, offers their readers different ways of checking out books. Instead of going into the library and physically checking out a book, you can hop on the computer and rent one on their website, via e-reader.

"Our patrons, if they have an e-reader, like a Nook or a Kindle, an iPad, some of the iPods, and your iPhone, you can download these books," library director, Dottie Davis, explained.

It's as easy as downloading a song to your music player. Just go to the website, click on the virtual library, sign in and pick your book.

According to the Pew Research Institute, one-fifth of American adults report that they've read an e-book in the past year.

Davis said in March alone, people borrowed more than 700 books from the libraries e-book collection. But she says about 10,000 hardback or paperback books are being rented.

"There are so many people that still love to just hold a book in their hand, the feel, I just don't think it's something that's going to go away very soon."

Ruhl said even though she enjoys holding books... She is going to take advantage of borrowing books online.

"Saturday afternoon, o, I didn't make it to the library, so this way you can go to the library anytime. Which is kind of a fun thing."



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