Going Digital: Downloadable Content Replacing Books in Nebraska?

NETnebraska LogoAcross Nebraska, iPads and e-readers are becoming the new normal. The demand for downloadable content is so great, the Nebraska Library Commission recently asked the state legislature for a million dollars to buy more electronic resources. At many schools, iPads have now replaced textbooks in some classes.

And it’s not just classrooms where digital devices are replacing books.

Returning a book to your local library may become a thing of the past as well.

At the Baright Public Library in Ralston, an Omaha suburb, Director Francine Canfield said she’s seen the number of digital downloads skyrocket in her eight year tenure.

The increased use of iPads and other e-readers like Kindles, Nooks, even smart phones has led to greater public demand for downloadable content.

According to Canfield, in the last five years that demand has increased by almost 1000 percent.

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