Print not dead; but selection of digital titles growing


Davin Kolderup, the new digital branch manager for Johnson County Public Library, demonstrates the libraries new eBook service. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Dawn Temple reads on a loaned e-reader at the Clark-Pleasant branch of the Johnson County Public Library. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

As she waits to pick up her kids from school, a Whiteland mother flips on an e-reader to squeeze in a few minutes of reading.

Dawn Temple prefers the feel of paper between her fingertips when she sits down to read. But she’s working her way through “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the next book in the George R.R. Martin series. Each book tops 800 pages, so borrowing the reader and a digital copy of the book from the library has been convenient.

Readers such as Temple are increasingly going digital. E-book checkouts are increasing in both Johnson County and Greenwood libraries while residents borrow fewer printed books each year. Since more readers are showing an interest in e-books, libraries are devoting more money to purchasing new titles.

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