Reading Life

Kindle Won't Kill Libraries

Don’t throw out that library card just yet. The age-old institutions are holding onto familiar users and gaining new ones by expanding digital collections, seizing readers' newfound appreciation for electronic readers. More than 5,000 public libraries across the country now offer ebooks, Motoko Rich reports in Thursday's New York Times. An official at the Boston Public Library said, “People still think of libraries as old dusty books on shelves, and it’s a perception we’re always trying to fight. If we don’t provide this material for them, they are just going to stop using the library altogether.”