Library Journal/School Library Journal conducted the 6th annual survey of public libraries regarding ebooks.Â The 2015 report is available for download here.Â The report is made available courtesy of Freading.Â Registration is required.
From the executive summary:Â ” If Â it Â appears Â from Â the Â current Â surveyÂ (based Â on Â 317 Â U.S.Â public Â libraries Â responding)Â that Â much Â of Â the Â enthusiasm Â for Â ebooks Â hasÂ cooled, Â it Â is Â only Â because Â they Â have Â become Â less Â of Â a Â novelty Â and Â moreÂ mainstream.”
“Ebook pricing is too high” is the most common complaint from public librarians about ebooks.
Here’s a page snip showing the number of public libraries offering ebooks over the last 6 reports:
WorldCat continues to grow in it’s discovery of content from around the world.Â This recent press release lists the publisher and aggregator agreements added since January of 2013.Â It’s a pretty impressive list.Â I’m particularly thrilled to see 3M and Freading on the list for the creation and delivery of WorldCat records.
DUBLIN, Ohio, June 27, 2013â€”OCLC has signed new agreements with leading publishers around the world to add more books, e-books, journals, audiovisual materials and databases to WorldCat, the most comprehensive online database of resources available through libraries worldwide. Continue reading WorldCat signs agreements with over 25 publishers and aggregators, including 3M and Freading→
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