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Been To Your Local Library Lately?

Some may feel the effect of the digital revolution on books would make libraries obsolete.

It seems that, while buying and consuming books in your home is on the rise, libraries are still “in business”.

A study done by The Library Journal (“Founded in 1876…one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the library field.”), entitled, Library Patrons and Ebook Usage, has some interesting things to say.

To me, the most fascinating result is:

“…regular public library users don’t just borrow books. They are also active books buyers who make many of their purchasing decisions based on the authors or books they first discover in the library.”

In fact, the study found that “…over 50 percent of all library users go on to purchase books by an author they were introduced to in the library.”

About a week ago, I wrote a post called, Should We All Self-Publish A Book?, that showed how some libraries are offering a service of printing a bound copy of a book in five minutes for about $6.00.

So, will library patrons stop going to their library to download ebooks?

As most everything having to do with books is undergoing deep flux and massive change there are no immediate answers and even surveys and polls can become obsolete before they’re published

Do you still patronize a library?

Have you gotten an ebook from a library?

What do you feel libraries need to do to not follow the path of so many bookstores?
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9 responses to “Been To Your Local Library Lately?

  1. Catana November 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I haven’t been to my local library in quite a while, probably a couple of years now. Stopped before I ever got into ebooks. It’s a very small library for a very small community, and waiting for interlibrary loan for so much of what I wanted to read make it not worth the bother. Between PaperbackSwap, an occasional used book picked up at the thrift shop, and endless supplies on the internet, I’m not sure I’ll ever go back. I read a heck of a lot of free stuff, but I also buy books, mostly in ebook format these days.


    • Alexander M Zoltai November 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      Well, then, Catana, this particular post must hold little interest for you :-)


      • Catana November 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm

        Actually, it was very interesting. There are a lot of things that don’t have any place in my life, but that doesn’t mean I blot them all out as objects of interest.

        But to answer one of your questions–The local library is so small that the last time I was there, the only DVDs available were a very small selection of strictly family-oriented films. I don’t know where they would even have put any more. It’s only within the last two or three years that they’ve offered online book reservations, when that was available elsewhere over a decade ago. So I seriously doubt that ebooks are even available, unless they allow them to be borrowed via IIL.


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