We were instructed by our board to develop a "digital branch." As of the beginning of 2013, our collection of digital content looks like this:
* Library owned and hosted content – 21,000 items (10,000 from Smashwords, 11,000 from midlist and independents)
* OverDrive – 9,748 items
* 3M – 6,200 items
* Project Gutenberg – 500 items
* Zinio - 160
Over the course of 2012, DCL spent almost $700,000 on digital content -- on top of what we already spend for print.
Bottom line: I'm pleased to say that we now own more ebooks than we lease (through OverDrive). We may be the only public library in the world that can make that claim.