300 Percent Increase of E-book Checkouts Over Christmas at Boise Library

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By all accounts, e-books are a huge success at the Boise Library.

Possibly because so many Kindles were new Christmas or Hannukah presents, officials at the library said over the holiday break, the city's e-book service "experienced tremendous usage," particularly in the period Dec. 24-26.

According to a report from library director Kevin Booe, which will be presented to the library's Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Jan. 4, library customers checked out 712 e-book selections, a 300 percent increase over last year's circulation.

E-books were introduced to the Boise Public Library in November 2010, allowing patrons to "check out" up to five e-books at a time for either seven or 14 days.

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