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Libraries, Patrons and eBooks

Libraries, Patrons and eBooks

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JUNE 22, 2012
Libraries, patrons, and e-books
12% of e-book readers have borrowed an e-book from a library. Thosewho use libraries are pretty heavy readers, but most are not aware theycan borrow e-books.
Kathryn Zickuhr
Research Specialist, Pew Internet Project 
Lee Rainie
Director, Pew Internet Project 
Kristen Purcell
 Associate Director for Research, Pew Internet Project 
Mary Madden
Senior Research Specialist, Pew Internet Project 
Joanna Brenner
Web Coordinator, Pew Internet Project 
Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project
 1615 L St., NW
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Suite 700Washington, D.C. 20036Phone: 202-419-4500
http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/06/22/libraries-patrons-and-e-books/
 
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 12% of readers of e-books borrowed an e-book from the library in the past year. But a majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library. ............................................. 5E-book borrowers appreciate the selection of e-books at their local library, but they often encounterwait lists, unavailable titles, or incompatible file formats. ....................................................................... 6Many Americans would like to learn more about borrowing e-books. .................................................... 658% of Americans have a library card, and 69% say that their local library is important to them andtheir family. ............................................................................................................................................... 6Library card holders are more than twice as likely to have bought their most recent book than to haveborrowed it from a library. Many e-book borrowers purchase e-books, too. ......................................... 7Library card holders use more technology, and they report that they read more books. ....................... 8Leading-edge librarians and patrons say that the advent of e-books has produced a majortransformation in book searching and borrowing at libraries. ................................................................. 8Imagining the future of libraries ............................................................................................................... 8In brief: About this research ..................................................................................................................... 9Quantitative data .................................................................................................................................. 9Qualitative material .............................................................................................................................. 9
 
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