eBook lending: Libraries go digital


(CNN) — Board a bus or a train today and chances are you’ll see several people with eReaders in hand. While most probably bought their electronic books on a popular website, you may find a few who borrowed the paperless books from the library.

EBooks accounted for 6.4% of all publishing in 2010, according to the American Association of Publishers, and 114 million electronic books were sold last year.

While the majority of eBooks sold today are bought by individual readers, a growing number of the paperless books are winding up in public library catalogs.

“Our popular e-content collection at ebooks.nypl.org currently has over 75,000 copies across more than 35,000 titles,” said Christopher Platt, director of Collections and Circulation Operations at The New York Public Libraries. He oversees the intake of more than a million new items every year.

While that sounds like a lot of eBooks, it’s a tiny fraction of the system’s overall number of books available for lending. “We have over 6 million items across our 90 locations in the physical circulation collections,” Platt said.

EBook lending is growing at a fast pace at the New York Public Library. The number of downloads of electronic books on the library’s website grew by 81% in the last 12 months, Platt said.

The more than 9,000 public library systems across the country are experiencing a similar growth in eBook demand.

Oggi, a bordo di un autobus o di un treno,  molto probabilmente vedrete sempre più spesso persone con un eReader in mano. Mentre la maggior parte probabilmente lo ha acquistato in un popolare sito web, solo pochi lo hanno  preso in prestito in biblioteca.
Secondo l’Associazione Americana degli Editori gli e-books rappresentano il 6,4%  di tutte le pubblicazione nel 2010: l’anno scorso sono stati venduti 114 milioni di libri elettronici .
Mentre la maggior parte degli eBook venduti oggi vengono acquistati dai singoli lettori, cresce il numero  di libri elettronici nei cataloghi delle biblioteche pubbliche. …

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