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76% of Libraries in the USA Lend eBooks

21 Jun

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The American Library Association has released the results of the ALA annual survey, which is conducted in October of each year (and released more than 6 months later). Budgets being cut while responsibilities are increased, however things are looking good.

More libraries were lending e-books and audiobooks last fall than the year before (76% vs 67%), and a significantly larger number of respondents said they were lending e-readers as well (39% vs 28%). There is also an increase in the number of libraries that offer free Wifi, internet access, and technical training for patrons trying to use all the technology.

E-book stats are up and the same goes for the e-reader lending stats. 2011 was a tumultuous year for libraries, when HarperCollins deciding to limit checkouts to only 26 per copy. However, libraries are going into e-books no matter what the major publishers do.

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