UK libraries are seeing increasing demand from e-books, as readers change the way they interact with these public services.
According to the Clitheroe Today, Lancashire County Council's library service is offering free ebooks with exactly the same content as paper versions.
Julie Bell, libraries manager for the council, explained to the publication that the new service allows people to borrow books for smartphones, iPads and laptops 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via its website.
"Our website includes easy-to-follow instructions for downloading them, and if people got the haven't software they need, they can download that, too," she added.
Titles available include fiction and non-fiction works by well best-selling authors including PD James, Graham Swift, Dick Francis and Anthony Horowitz.
One of the most popular devices for reading ebooks is the Kindle from Amazon, which accounted for more than 90 per cent of e-reader sales over Christmas.
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