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Blog // Connect Michigan

E-reader help on wheels: Kent District Library digital bookmobile seeks to teach patrons how to check out e-books

By CMI Staff


From Garret Ellison | The Grand Rapids Press

Published: Monday, August 22, 2011
GRANDVILLE - Shirley Burnham walked up to the small table set up outside an 18-wheeler emblazoned with the words “digital bookmobile” outside the Kent District Library Branch in Grandville and started checking out e-reader options with a discerning eye.
The Walker woman looked at the graph of e-readers and tablet computers that library patrons can use to download e-books and appeared to be leaning toward either the Amazon Kindle or the Barnes & Noble Nook after a moment.
“I’ve always though that with the Kindle or Nook, you had to buy the books,” said the 20-book-a-year reader, as to why she hadn’t replaced her ink on paper habit with a digital device yet.
“But to rent a book from the library is a lot cheaper,” she said.




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