It’s not e-books versus print books; it’s e-books AND print books

I generally read print books, but sometimes I read an e-book. In this case the book that I wanted to read was not available in print here at the Fond du Lac Public Library, but it was available to me as an e-book through the Library from the Wisconsin Digital Library (Overdrive). I did a virtual check-out of Wicked Watertown: History You Weren’t Supposed to Know by W. F. Jannke published as a print book in 2010 and as an e-book in 2012. This is an interesting local history book with stories and biographical information about thefts, murders, prostitution, and misdemeanors during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Watertown, Wisconsin. I was happy that I could read it, and availability of the book was more important to me than format. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey “print books are still central to Americans’ library use, just as they remain central in Americans’ overall reading habits. In fact, though more Americans than ever are reading e-books (28% of adults ages 18 and older, as of January 2014), few have abandoned print entirely; just 4% of readers read e-books exclusively”. So it is not e-books versus print books but e-books AND print books for a larger selection of books to read for any taste. Happy Reading!

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