Around town | December 20, 2013 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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News - December 20, 2013

Around town

BOUNDLESS CHOICES ... Local bookworms with independent streaks and digital leanings now have a new library at their disposal. Palo Alto City Library just added enKi Library, an e-book platform that offers about 10,000 titles purchased from publishers, many of them independent. The addition of this service raises the library's existing e-book collection to more than 130,000 titles, according to an announcement from the city. The books can be read on the library's Chromebooks or on visitors' personal computers, tablets, smartphones or e-book readers. The new service is being unveiled at a time when e-books are enjoying a boost in popularity. Though they make up just a small fraction of the local library collection, e-book circulation jumped by more than 40 percent, library officials reported. The new platform aims to feed the trend. "We're excited to support this new model for library e-books," Library Director Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, said in a statement. "enKi library offers an ownership model that works for libraries while bringing independent publishers' collections to our audience of readers."

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