Library Journal has released its annual materials survey, with some interesting findings regarding ebook availablity and circulation.
Nine out of ten U.S libraries now loan ebooks. Since 2009, print book budgets have fallen in favor of ebook dollars, with ebooks escalating from 1% to 7% of the materials budget overall and averaging closer to 10% at the biggest libraries.
Ebook circulation has also increased 1% a year since 2011, when this survey began measuring it, but no patterns emerge by location or size. Instead, ebook success may be attributed to individual library and community dynamics.
The Library Journal, in partnership with Bowker Pubtrack Consumer, produces a quarterly publication called Patron Profiles (paywalled). Each report is based on surveys and data collected from 2000+ public library patrons across the US, and
“reveals key findings and important insights on emerging digital trends and new reading technologies shaping the future of libraries.”
The first issue (October 2011) is entitled ‘Library patrons and ebook usage’, and found that 50% of library users reported purchasing books by an author they were introduced to in the library. Other issues deal with mobile devices and mobile content, library websites and virtual services, and media consumption. The fifth issue (October 2012) deals with library patrons and the changing ebook landscape.
A Guide to Publishers in the Library Ebook Market – by Michael Kelly, Editor-in-Chief of Library Journal, last updated July 2012.
Gives a brief description of the major trade publishers (the Big 6 plus Scholastic), plus a significant number of smaller publishers, and their approaches/policies to library e-lending. Also provides a list of aggregators/distributors who make their list of publishing partners publicly available.