A new Pew report finds that the heaviest users of libraries–a group comprising 10% of Americans–are also frequent bookstore visitors despite many experiencing drops in income or job loss.
That’s compared with an additional 20% of Americans the study calls “information omnivores,” those who believe in libraries’ missions but are more likely to buy books than borrow them.
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The rest of the day’s top news:
Amazon Hikes Prime’s Price (NY Times)
The inevitable is now official. After April 17th this year, all renewals and new memberships will go from $79 to $99. Grumpy defectors can get a free one-year membership at Amazon’s competitor ShopRunner, though (The Digital Reader).
Microsoft Changes Nook Agreement to Start Over Solo (Pub Lunch)
Come what may with Nook, Microsoft will take another stab at the e-reading market with a platform of its own.
OverDrive Gains Pearson E-Textbooks (DBW)
An agreement adds over 100 e-textbooks to the digital lending platform OverDrive offers academic institutions and libraries.
Scholastic Bundles Transmedia Series in New Initiative (DBW)
The publisher is integrating its 39 Clues and other multiplatform series through the new “Worlds Collide” initiative.
Cengage Reorganization Advances in Bankruptcy Court (DBW)
The educational content provider can now emerge from its court-supervised restructuring after a Chapter 11 filing last summer.
Bookseller to UK Publishers: Direct Retail “Short Sighted” and Suicidal (The Bookseller)
The head of an academic bookselling organization in the UK threatens to withhold data from publishers if they continue selling direct to universities.
It Books Renamed for New HarperCollins HQ (PW)
The imprint responsible for Sh*t My Dad Says is rebranded “Dey Street Books,” after the street abutting HarperCollins’s future downtown Manhattan digs.
Merger in Hungary Stands to Dominate Book Market (Pub Perspectives)
Bookline.hu, the country’s top online bookseller, joins with the leading brick-and-mortar chain, Libri, to consolidate on- and offline sales.