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Meet the first tablet made just for your local library

“Back in 2006, a media devices company called Findaway launched its first product, inspired by the growth of the iPod. The Playaway was a little audio player that came pre-loaded with one audiobook — basically the evolution of a book-on-tape. There was good buzz for it. They landed a deal with Borders and Barnes & Noble to distribute it. It was even featured on “Oprah,” thanks to the show’s book club. Yet when the holiday season came, it completely flopped. Then the company started getting calls from an unexpected source: libraries.” (via Washington Post)

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Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update

“The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%. Up from 25% last year, more than half of those in households earning $75,000 or more now have tablets. Up from 19% last year, 38% of those in upper-income households now have e-readers.” (via Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project)

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