Electronic books have arrived to the Texas County Library system. A class is planned at the Houston branch.

 The Texas County Library board last week gave approval to a proposal that will make electronic books available to patrons in the county.

Paperwork is being processed to introduce electronic books that will allow county residents to download them to such readers as the iPad and Kindle. More 3,600 titles will be available, said Audrey Barnhart, library director.

Both audio and e-books will be available for download from the library or home computers. 

Sales of e-books continue to surge compared to the printed book market. Particularly hard hit is the mass market for paperbacks.

The new county program will cost about $3,250. 

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