Notes from ALA 2012
Director Lee Rainie shared findings from our new report on e-book lending at libraries at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference on Sunday, June 24. He also discussed general reading trends, the rise of e-books, and library patrons’ experiences with e-book borrowing. Research Specialist Kathryn Zickuhr also discussed our research at a session of the ALA’s Spectrum Leadership Institute on Monday, June 25.
Libraries, patrons, and e-books: A guide to our new report
As you may know, we recently published a big report about e-book lending at libraries. We’ll have some posts exploring different aspects of the report in the coming weeks, but you can also read the entire report online (or download the PDF, if you prefer). And if you want to jump to a specific section, here’s a brief outline of the findings.
The Rise of E-Reading
Director Lee Rainie shared recent survey findings and other research about the rise of e-books, their impact on people’s reading habits, and the way that library patrons are hoping to avail themselves of e-book borrowing. He also explored general …
Libraries, patrons, and e-books
12% of e-book readers have borrowed an e-book from a library. Those who use libraries are pretty heavy readers, but most are not aware they can borrow e-books.
Books or Nooks? How Americans’ reading habits are shifting in a digital world
Kristen Purcell spoke about Americans’ use of the internet and other digital technologies, and shared highlights from our report on the rise of e-reading.
Learning in the digital age
Lee Rainie will give the keynote presentation titled “Learning in the Digital Age: Where Libraries Fit In” at the 21st Annual Minitex ILL Conference in Minnesota.
Public libraries in the digital age
Mary Madden and Kathryn Zickuhr presented findings on the rise of e-reading, including reading-device ownership and the general reading habits/preferences of Americans.
E-books aren’t just for e-readers: A deep dive into the data
While there is a tendency to associate e-books with dedicated e-reading devices, we found that among people who read e-books, just as many read their e-books on a desktop or laptop computer as on an e-book reader like a Kindle or Nook—and more people read e-books on their cell phones than on tablet computers.
Do you borrow e-books from your local public library?
If you check out or download e-books from your local public library, please take our qualitative online survey and tell us about your experiences!
Print books vs. e-books: Which is better for what
Our recent e-reading report has received a lot of attention over the past week, and one section in particular that seemed to spark conversation was our “print vs. e-books” showdown. When does print win out over e-books (and vice versa?)