Libraries, Patrons, and e-Books

The folks at the Pew Internet and American Life Project have issued a new report on Libraries, Patrons, and e-Books, detailing how patrons view e-Book programs at libraries. Here are some of their key findings:

  • 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.
  • 56% of e-book borrowers from libraries say that at one point or another they had tried to borrow a particular book and found that the library did not carry it.
  • 52% of e-book borrowers say that at one point or another they discovered there was a waiting list to borrow the book.
  • 18% of e-book borrowers say that at one point or another they found that an e-book they were interested in was not compatible with the e-reading device they were using.
  • When it comes to e-book borrowers, 33% say they generally prefer to buy e-books and 57% say they generally prefer to borrow them.