E-Book library borrowing hits record pace
Holiday sales of new tablets and e-readers have catapulted e-book borrowing at many of the nation’s libraries, raising the question of how libraries can keep up with demand — especially when some publishers still balk at e-book lending.
The demand for e-books at some major public libraries more than doubled so far in December and January compared to a year ago, causing frustrations for e-book users and librarians alike.
“Demand for e-book borrowing has definitely gone up…dramatically recently,” According current survey of libraries demand of ebook is more than tripled in December 2011, compared to December 2010. For the first half of January, more than 700 people a day tried to borrow an e-book.
At the New York Public Library, 2,907 e-books and materials were checked out on Dec. 26, 2011, nearly double the 1,523 checked out on the same date in 2010, said Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of collections strategy for the library. In all, the New York Public Library has 22,000 unique e-book titles.