Seattle Central Library. Photo: Jeff Wilcox.
Seattle Central Library. Photo: Jeff Wilcox.

About a month ago, we penned a post that showed how Seattle was slipping in the annual “most literate” cities list.

Well, here’s proof that we’re not: Two Seattle-based libraries just finished in the top-five for the nation’s libraries that lend the most e-books. That’s according to a survey released by OverDrive, a purveyor of digital books to libraries.

Maybe Seattle is simply reading more, but on e-readers instead. With Amazon and its incredibly-popular Kindle based right here in the Emerald City, it makes sense.

King County Library System, was the nation’s top e-book lender, with more than 1.3 million checkouts in 2012. Seattle Public Library finished in fourth with 850,000 checkouts. 

Here’s how the top-five rounded out:

  1. King County Library System, Wash. (1.3 million checkouts)
  2. New York Public Library (1.1 million checkouts)
  3. Toronto Public Library (900,000 checkouts)
  4. Seattle Public Library (850,000 checkouts)
  5. Hennepin County Library, Minn. (750,000 checkouts)

Previously on GeekWire: Paper trumps tech at national library conference

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