Ebook Collections Surging: New Data Available from LJ, SLJ Annual Usage Reports / The Digital Shift | School Libraries | Scoop.it

Now in their third year, the LJ/SLJ Ebook Usage reports track long-term trends in public, academic, and K-12 school libraries, presenting detailed information about how libraries are adapting to this technology.

Despite growing frustration with the ebook pricing and availability policies of many publishers, U.S. libraries have continued to respond to growing demand from patrons by rapidly expanding their collections of ebooks, according to LJ and SLJs third annual “2012 Survey of Ebook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries” report, sponsored by Freading.

“Almost nine in ten public libraries currently offer ebooks to their users, and 35 percent of those that don’t are in the process of adding them,” the 100-page report notes. In 2010, libraries offered an average of 1,500 ebooks. Now libraries offer their patrons an average of about 10,000 ebooks for lending, either as part of the library’s own collection or available through a consortium.