Libraries delivered a shocking message to publishers yesterday: Those who borrow ebooks from libraries also buy books -- about 3.2 books a month, a new study from the American Library Association and library ebook distributor OverDrive found.
Rather than shocking, the message is one libraries have been screaming at publishers for a while now. The ALA has helped orchestrate several studies that suggest this is true and Pew conducted one that suggested it as well.
The other thing libraries have been telling publishers is that readers discover new books to buy in libraries. This latest study finds that 57% of patrons use the library as their primary point of book discovery, for instance