Libraries, patrons and e-books

Libraries, patrons and e-books – by Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie, Kristen Purcell, Mary Madden and Joanna Brenner, produced by Pew Internet.

Research into the intersection of ebook reading and public libraries, based on quantitative surveys undertaken in late 2011, and qualitative survey in May 2012.

Major findings are that 12% of Americans who read ebooks have borrowed them from the library, most Americans are unaware that you can borrow ebooks from libraries, ebook borrowers are generally unhappy about the title selection and conditions of borrowing ebooks from the library, and library users are more likely to have purchased their last book than have borrowed from the library.

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