The Unshelved strips last week sparked a conversation about e-books in which I surprised a coworker with my enthusiasm for the digital versus paper book.

It’s true.  Almost in spite of myself, I have become a fan of e-books.  I am never without my e-reader, with at least ten books at my fingertips at all times.  Never again will I be caught unaware at the end of a book without a replacement in sight,  nor will I be laden with multiple hardcovers in fear of such a moment.

And while by no means a trendsetter, I have enjoyed being asked (rather often) to explain my e-reader device while in a plane or on the subway. Publishers Weekly reported just yesterday about the sharp spike in Overdrive’s digital “checkouts” in 2008.  I am happily in line with the latest library trend!

-Erica

The E-Book Trend: Fan or Foe?

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