More than 800,000 ebooks were borrowed from New Zealand libraries in 2013, up from about 350,000 in 2012. Meanwhile the total number of books issued fell by four percent to just over 48 million.
New Zealand libraries started to invest in digital books in 2011 when 40 locations started to deal with Overdrive in metropolitan areas such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. At the same time, a local initiative developed by library and educational book supplier Wheelers implemented its own system homegrown e-book lending service with Tauranga and Hamilton library districts.
Goodereader and Radio New Zealand both reported on this story.
The LIANZA Standing Committee on Digital Content and e-Lending produced their E-book Issues Paper in October 2013. The paper gives an overview of the current e-book situation in New Zealand libraries (including some information on tertiary, school and special libraries, as well as public libraries), the broader strategic work being undertaken in New Zealand around libraries and e-books, and international advocacy work, initiatives and research.
The paper also includes information on the e-book platforms being used by public libraries in New Zealand, 2012 data on e-books in academic libraries, and results from a 2013 survey on e-books in libraries in New Zealand Crown Research Institutes.