Grasping the e-book era  |

The later it got in 2011, the more they showed up in the Cobb County Public Library System:
Electronic book fanciers. Checking out nearly 10 times as many titles in August as they had just six months earlier. By December, circulation had doubled again. And Jonathan McKeown almost certainly knew why.
“Christmas happened,” says McKeown, associate director of central and outreach services for Cobb’s libraries.
Sales of so-called “e-readers” exploded during this past holiday season, when dedicated devices for downloading electronic versions of books such as the Kindle and NOOK, along with tablet computers that can perform similar functions, were seen as a “must have” gift. Between mid-December and early January, the number of adults in the United States who owned e-readers and tablets nearly doubled, according to a Pew Research Center report.
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