Just in Time for the Holidays, Library’s E-Book Collection Grows Again

December 12, 2013 | Media Relations

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 Popular new titles available for borrowing as e-book boom continues

TORONTO (December 12, 2013) – There are now more e-books than ever to choose from at Toronto Public Library (tpl.ca/downloads), with the addition of 15,000 titles from Penguin Group and more than 5,000 titles from McGraw-Hill, including many of this year’s bestsellers and popular science, business and learning materials.

Penguin Group and McGraw-Hill join Random House Canada, HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan, and many Canadian independent publishers making available a growing selection of e-titles to the library. The Toronto Public Library Board continues to advocate for improved access to e-content from all publishers, including new titles and fair pricing. Providing universal access for all library customers is particularly important given the rapidly growing demand for this content.

From Penguin Group, library customers can now borrow popular e-books including:

Dust by Patricia Cornwell

Mirage by Clive Cussler

Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Thankless In Death by JD Robb

Dust - Patricia Cornwell  Mirage by Clive Cussler  Just One Evil Act by Elizabeth George  Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert  The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty  Thanksless in Death by J.D. Robb
Canadian content will be available very soon.

McGraw-Hill makes available science, business and language learning material valuable to students, business people and ESL learners. Customers can now borrow GMAT, GRE, LSAT and SAT textbooks, in addition to vocabulary and grammar books.

Two Million E-Title Downloads from the Library in 2013

The library’s growing e-book selection is keeping up with customer demand. In 2012, e-book popularity boomed, topping one million downloads for the first time ever. While e-books are experiencing significant growth, demand for print materials remains strong. Of all materials borrowed from the library in the last year, approximately 6 per cent were e-titles.

This year, there will be more than two million downloads of e-titles, and interest is expected to grow even more over the holidays as e-readers are popular gifts and people may have more time to catch up on their reading.




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