Just over half of Americans say libraries should “definitely” offer a broader selection of ebooks, according to a new poll.
When asked whether libraries should be “offering a broader selection of ebooks, 53% of Americans said it was something they should “definitely do” in the latest survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, Library Services in the Digital Age.
Currently, through vendors like OverDrive and 3M, most libraries in the U.S. offer ebooks. Some of the most popular books aren’t available to borrow as ebooks from libraries because large publishers like Simon & Schuster and Macmillan either generally don’t sell ebooks to libraries or are only experimenting with doing so at this stage.
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Some 26% of library patrons say their library use has increased over the past five years. Of those, 5% say it’s because of the availability of ebooks and other digital media.
At the same time, 22% of library patrons say their use has decreased over the past five years. Of those, 6% say it’s because they “prefer” ebooks.