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New gadgets & reading portable books: high tech to low tech

Do you have patrons coming into the library with their new devices wanting to download e-books? Well never fear--Santa decided to give SCLS new additions to our E-reader kits.  Santa's elves, Jean and Craig, purchased the following devices which will be available for loan soon: iPad Mini, Dell Venue 8" display, Samsung Galaxy 7" display, Kindle Fire HD 7" display, and Kindle PaperWhite. Thank you, Santa.

We are now used to having a portable way to read books. But this is not a new need. Recently I heard a story on NPR about pocket-sized editions of books for soldiers overseas during World War II.  Initially, librarians encouraged people to donate used books for soldiers, but the donated materials weren’t quite right. The focus then turned to publishers making books that were “…about the size of a smartphone, and they were tucked into the pockets of uniforms."  These books were very popular—you can read about it here.  Hmmm. Were these the precursors to e-books on smartphones?

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