Price-wise, the difference is substantial. E-books range from about $40 to $100 for the North Country libraries (hardly a Kindle “daily deal” price!), while a physical copy could be about $20. So the price is higher, but so is circulation: Bolton said while every year circulation of physical copies has gone up 2 or 3 percent, the circulation of the e-books has gone up 20 percent every year since it was established in 2011.
I’ve often though that library ebook programs are designed by publishers to make you just buy the ebook version. I consider myself pretty tech savvy, but for the time it takes me to read a book, and for the small lending times libraries are required to give you, and long waiting lists for popular ebooks, I’ll just end up buying the book.