Residents of the Houston area checked out six times more e-books in 2011 than 2010 and are on pace to more than double over again in 2012. From the Houston Chronicle (Libraries feel e-book explosion):
As the explosion of interest in e-books continues, area branches of the Houston Public Library are trying to keep pace with customers’ demands by providing the books they want and the help they need to get the most out of electronic reading devices.
To get a sense of the popularity of e-book lending, in 2010 7,000 check-outs occurred across the library system. More than six times that number – more than 48,000 – were checked out in 2011. For the first three months of this year, 28,000 e-books had been checked out.
Read more at Chron.com.