eBook Usage Soars at St. Paul Libraries, But it's Still a Small Fraction of Book Lending
“eBooks are still a very small percentage of total books checked out, but what’s stunning for us is that the trajectory is so dramatic,” Library Director Kit Hadley said in an interview. Circulation of paper books has been static, but eBooks downloads are rising dramatically, she said.
The downloads now run in about the 200-per-day range, but Digital Library Manager John Larson notes that in 2011 the library averaged 6,656 physical items checked out daily from all library locations.
Of the more than 15,000 downloads in 2011, the breakdown was about 2-1 fiction vs. nonfiction, Larson said.
St. Paul uses the OverDrive digital book service but also will be part of a test of a new digital book service, the 3M Cloud Library, expected to roll out in St. Paul next month.
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