“Although many bookstore and libraries cannot assist costumers that bring in devices to download from the library system, she (Kate Harvis, Assistant Director of the Mesa Public Library ) said that they have applied for a federal government grant so that they can get funding to put in a display featuring the newest e-reader devices; similar to how cellphone stores have displays of demo versions of each cellphone.
“We would like to put a display like that in each one of our locations, so again we have a chance for people to come in, look at them, compare them, play with them,” Harvis said. “It’s a public service. It’s just like the next logical step.”
She said that she will find out if Mesa libraries will receive the grant in May and would like to start the display within the next year.
Harvis said that you do not need an e-reader to check out an e-book, and also since checking out e-books is a 24/7 system, it doesn’t matter if libraries or bookstores are open physically. People can still check out books whereas the printed versions they need to be in order for them to be given.
Director of the Mesa Public Library Heather Wolf, said that many libraries are just trying to react to the new set of questions they are receiving every day and has noticed that they are obviously filling a need.”