Public Libraries Are Beating Netflix, Redbox and Blockbuster in DVD Rentals

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Apparently, your local library is the biggest DVD rental store in the US. According to a survey released by the Online Computer Library Center, US public libraries lend an average 2.1 million movies/day. That's more than Netflix, Redbox and Blockbuster.

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The libraries' 2.1 million a day eeks past Netflix, which ships 2 million movies/day, and is clearly ahead of Redbox which manages 1.4 million and sad ol' Blockbuster who's at 1.2 million. It's sort of crazy that public libraries are such a hot bed for movie rentals, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised: nothing beats free. [Consumerist]

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also:

1. libraries smell nice. old book smell is something i fear my children will never appreciate.

2. they have librarians, which are often attractive if you go for the bookish sort.

3. they are a public, air conditioned space where people still behave quietly, mostly.

4. everything is organized! appeals to the OCD in you.

5. no flash advertising, no farmville updates, no missing plugins, no popups, no trolling. aaaaah.