Report says 28% of library patrons want e-books
August 2, 2012 | 12:38 am
By Dan Eldridge
“According to the new Patron Profiles report from Library Journal and Bowker,” says Digital Book World, “28% of library patrons want to download e-books at their local libraries. That number increases when it comes to library patrons who also read e-books: nearly two-thirds of those want e-books available at their local libraries.”
For those of you who happen to be both library patrons and frequent readers of e-books, the Patron Profiles-commissioned report likely won’t come as a big surprise.
And yet while the supply of e-books at public libraries has certainly increased in response to growing borrower demand, the report is also clear on the fact that the supply hasn’t risen nearly fast enough. For that, we can thank the nervous middle-management publishing executives who are still struggling to understand the e-reading landscape.
Both Simon & Schuster and Macmillan, for instance—as the DBW article points out—forbid libraries from lending their electronic titles. But take a look at the following excerpt, also from the DBW article:
“There have been several studies that suggest that library patrons who borrow e-books also buy e-books. The most recent of which was a study conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life project which found that among people who borrow e-books from libraries, 41% bought their last e-book.
“If they borrow, they buy,” said [Patron Profiles series editor Rebecca] Miller, referring to the Pew study and others. “They discover books in the library. It’s true of e-books and print books.”
So, how about it? Have you ever purchased an e-book after first borrowing it from a library? If so, why? Let us know by leaving a comment.
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The above chart illustrates the report’s findings that e-books are in significantly higher demand by library patrons than any other form of downloadable media.
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