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Libraries pump it up digitally

Libraries increase e-book holdings and IT bandwidth.

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Newly released survey results show that some 90 percent of American libraries now lend e-books. The Digital Inclusion Survey, conducted by the American Library Association in the Fall of 2013, indicates that that number is up from 76 percent in 2012. The report also states that nearly 100 percent of libraries offer digital readiness programs (see below for details).

For writers, the expanded availability of cost-free digital materials allows for virtually unlimited access to reference and research materials and a no-risk, time-saving means to obtaining them. Additionally, the proliferation of services such as free in-library computers, free wi-fi and technology training allows library-based writers to save money and gain skills.

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