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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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