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Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015

6 January 2016

From Digital Book World:

Overdrive, the leading supplier of digital content to libraries and schools, reported Tuesday that, in 2015, readers borrowed more than 169 million ebooks. This marked a 24-percent increase over 2014. There was also a notable spike in audiobook usage, which saw a faster growth rate than ebook library borrowing.

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• Ebook circulation was 125 million (19-percent growth over 2014)
• Digital audiobook circulation was 43 million (36-percent growth over 2014)
• Streaming video circulation was up 83 percent over 2014
• 33 library systems circulated 1 million or more digital books in 2015
• Lending of digital magazines and newspapers grew significantly in 2015 (introduced in late 2014)
• Reader visits to OverDrive-powered library and school websites was 750 million (up 14 percent from 2014)

Link to the rest at Digital Book World

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4 Comments to “Libraries Lend Record Numbers of Ebooks and Audiobooks in 2015”

  1. My mom goes through two books a week with the help of the online local library and her kindle. Only thing she didn’t like was having to go in last month to renew her card in person, the rest she can do in the comfort of her favorite chair.

  2. Considering the rise in prices, not at all surprised folks are hitting the library. I may, too. I saw some trad pubbed new books in fantasy/sci-fi that are of interest, but I ain’t paying the prices set for ebooks. I’ll borrow.

  3. Being able to download audio books from the library onto my phone and listen to them in my car solves one of the great small problems of my life: making sure I have enough books to listen to between my house and my parents (about 800 miles.) I used to check out books on CD, but if I was gone more than 2 weeks I’d have to mail them back. And some books are awful in audio, for whatever reason, so you have to have extra.
    Love digital resources in libraries!

  4. But paper is still going to make a comeback, right?

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