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Library patrons unaware of e-book offerings

Jun 27, 2012

DON'T JUST WHISPER IN THE LOCAL LIBRARY: The revolution isn't happening, at least among library patrons, according to a recent Pew Center poll. The data suggest that 62 percent of readers don't know if their local library carries e-books. Not surprisingly, then, that only 12% of American e-book readers over age 16 borrowed one over the past year. These savvy e-book borrowers read an average of 29 books last year, six more than those who stick with traditional print. Pew admitted that their results were "striking," given that over 75% of U.S. public libraries lend out e-books.

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Library patrons unaware of e-book offerings

Jun 27, 2012

DON'T JUST WHISPER IN THE LOCAL LIBRARY: The revolution isn't happening, at least among library patrons, according to a recent Pew Center poll. The data suggest that 62 percent of readers don't know if their local library carries e-books. Not surprisingly, then, that only 12% of American e-book readers over age 16 borrowed one over the past year. These savvy e-book borrowers read an average of 29 books last year, six more than those who stick with traditional print. Pew admitted that their results were "striking," given that over 75% of U.S. public libraries lend out e-books.

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