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Paul LeClerc
President and CEO, New York Public Library

One of the most popular parts of our collection now are e-books. We do two things. Let's say we want to buy copies of Catcher in the Rye because the ones we have on the shelves are sort of beat up.

So we could buy x number of copies of Catcher in the Rye as books but also through a vendor we could buy y number of copies of Catcher in the Rye as e-books or e-audio books and then let's say we buy 50 of each, 50 hardcopy and 50 e-books. It's like having 100 copies of the book.

People can go to a library in their neighborhood, check out the physical copy, or a person could go online any time on his handheld device or computer. The digital version of the book would reside on the devices for three weeks and then disappear -- no overdue fines to pay!

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Last updated February 10 2010: 11:26 AM ET
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