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Borrowing vs. buying

Regarding the Ideas page column "The Case of the Vanishing Reader," Jan. 28, perhaps we should compare the 60 percent of Americans not buying books with the increase, if any, in the use of libraries.

Speaking for myself, I cannot afford the price of books and have been using the libraries around our town 100 percent. I belong to the "graying core" who does not buy books, but still reads. Afke Doran, Silverton, Ore.

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