In the electric mist: The (worrying) impact of the e-book market on American libraries

Libraries were long protected from competition on the open market, but the recent advent of the digital economy in the United States has thrown the traditional book sector into upheaval. The e-book market has grown faster than in France, meaning that the threats and opportunities it offers are clearer. Public sector structures promoting reading have seen their remit strengthened and are actively seeing new partnerships, while at the same time the very existence of such structures is challenged by the obsolescence of regulations that applied solely to printed material.