E-book Usage at Boise Library Continues Record-Breaking Pace

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E-books remain super-charged in the Boise Public Library system.

When trustees of the Boise Public Library convene Wednesday, May 2, they'll be presented with the latest statistics that indicate more than a 300 percent increase of e-books being "checked out" year to date, compared to the same time period in 2011. The Boise system holds more than 3,500 adult titles and 2,000 youth titles.

Earlier this year, Penguin Books, which includes authors Tom Clancy and Patricia Cornwell, terminated its contract with Overdrive, the electronic lending platform used in libraries across the nation. Making matters even more challenging was a decision by Random House, the world's largest English-language publisher, to jack up its prices for libraries as much as 300 percent, effective March 1.