Some libraries are considering their own apps. Douglas County Libraries in Colorado is on tap to be the first in the country with its own app.
It's a "white-label" reader technology developed by Seattle-based Bluefire, says Monique Sendze, the information technology director for Douglas County Libraries. When released in December, the app promises to allow patrons to browse, check out and read books. Its e-book lending has grown about 1,200% since it introduced it in February 2010.