Demand for library e-book rental services surging in Japan amid pandemic

(2 Jul 2020) From The Japan Times:

Tokyo-based TRC Library Service Inc., which is entrusted with library operations and other businesses, said that the number of e-books borrowed through libraries started to increase around February, when the facilities began to close or scale down their services across the country due to the pandemic.

The total number of e-books borrowed in May from libraries in some 80 municipalities where TRC offers services shot up fivefold from a year before to some 85,000.

The surge appeared to reflect the central government’s stay-at-home requests, and a total of 300 e-books that publishers made available for free browsing on a temporary basis.

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