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The Public Library: Two Distinct Users!

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I just came back from a trip to New York in January. I spent the holidays at my mother’s house on the East End of Long Island. My mother recently turned 85 years-old, and is probably one of the most voracious readers I have ever seen. All the librarians in her local library know her, and when I went to return some of her books they all made a point of asking how she was doing. They really love my mom and the reason is because my mom is the epitome of the “Library Lover.”

Library Lover

The term “Library Lover” can be defined thusly:

Library Lovers have strikingly positive views of public libraries compared with other groups, and with the U.S. population as a whole; they use libraries and library websites more than any other group, and believe libraries are essential at the personal as well as the community level.1

I was very much surprised to see that my mother does not really fit the demographic for someone who could be described as a library lover. People who have more time to use in various pursuits would appear to be the perfect library patrons. Since my mother is retired and has always been an avid reader, trips over to the library (that is about 150 yards from her backdoor) just makes sense. My mother does not just take out one or two books; she comes home with a bag full of books. She comes home with so many books that sometimes when the books are late going back the librarians will not charge her the penalty because she is such a great patron and library lover.

Information Omnivore

I, on the other hand, am the perfect example of an “Information Omnivore.”  The definition of an information omnivore was enunciated in the article listed above in the following terms:

(These definitions are directly from the PEW Research on Libraries)

Information Omnivores are more likely to seek and use information than other groups, are more likely to have and use technology; at the same time, they are strong users of public libraries, and think libraries have a vital role in their communities. However, they are not quite as active in their library use as Library Lovers, or nearly as likely to say the loss of the local library would have a major impact on them and their family.2

I have to admit that sometimes in my haste to get information and reference materials I sometimes think only of an Amazon or a Barnes & Noble before the thought comes into my head that I can actually read the material for free from my local Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library here in Broomfield, Colorado. Why I never think of the public library first, I don’t know. My thought patterns are changing though and more and more I have found myself at the library within the last few months. When my Chamber of Commerce Leads Group started a reading club with Jeff Olson’s: The Slight Edge as the first title to be read, I immediately went online to access the library’s catalog to see if this book was available for sign-out. The library did not own a copy of the book, but when I went to check on it they actually put it on a list to be purchased. About two and half weeks later I had the book in hand to read.

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Public Library, a Public Bargain

Since everyone is watching pennies these days, you really cannot beat the ability to borrow a library book and have it for two weeks with the possibility of another two weeks without paying anything for it. Go to your public library and see what special events they have to offer.  Take out a book, DVD movie or e-book and start to become an information omnivore or a library lover as well.  The more knowledge you have the better off you will be.

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***All of this information was contained in the article:  Library Lovers and Information Omnivores: Meet the Most Avid Library Patrons directly from the dbw website (Digital Book World)

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/library-lovers-and-information-omnivores-meet-the-most-avid-library-patrons/

 

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Americans Read More Ebooks in 2013

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http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/more-americans-now-reading-ebooks-new-pew-data-show/

I recently read the article on the digitalbookworld website by Jeremy Greenfield: More Americans Reading Ebooks, New Pew Data Show and thought that this would be a great blogpost now that the new year has begun in earnest.  First let me say it is refreshing to hear that Americans are reading at all.  This in no way is meant to be a slap at the American public, the rationale concerns all of the different pastimes that conspire to eat up more of American’s free-time.  Those who read an e-book in 2013 rose from 23% to 28% of the American public.  Although the print book industry is still the largest in the publishing world, the Ebook market in 2013 again saw an increase in sales of 2.2%

Reading is Fundamental

Although the consumption of e-books has increased the actual sale of Ebooks in 2013 was flat.  This arena of flatness would be inclusive of large publishing companies, and would not be indicative of all the self-published Ebooks that were produced and sold in 2013.  The fact that 50% of American adults now own a tablet or Ereader is an indicator that the future of Ebooks is all but certain to be bright.  This article did not say anything about where the Ebooks were obtained but only that there was an increase of Ebooks that were read in 2013.  That may mean that subscription based services such as Oyster and Scribd are getting more traction in the Ebook world than previously recognized.  Another avenue of Ebook transmission to consumers would be the public library.  We don’t know how many people have read Ebooks that they signed out from their local public library.  My guess would be in this economic climate that more Americans have been getting Ebooks through their public library then had been originally predicted.

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The Electronic/Digital Revolution in Book Publishing:  History, Industry Perspective (Print and E-book) and “How To” Publish Your E-book for Amazon Kindle

Children’s Books are Read

Children are also reading more Ebooks but their ability is constrained by economic realities.  Children who are born into more economically hard-shipped families will be less inclined to have Ebooks and Ebook readers readily available.  Those at the higher end of the economic levels are much more apt to have the readers and tablets that would make downloading and accessing Ebooks readily available.  The fact that half of the American population now owns a tablet or Ereader will mean Americans reading Ebooks should begin to skyrocket as 2014 progresses.  This does not mean that sales of Ebooks will increase just that those who have the ability to have an Ereader available to them will be able to read an Ebook if they choose to.

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What do We Know and How Do We Know It?

What have we learned from this research?  The first thing we can ascertain is that the print industry is not going to be going away anytime soon.  The second thing we can figure on is that Ebooks sales will continue to grow but possibly not at the rate that Ebooks are being read and consumed.  The Ereaders that are already out in the field will reap high gains in Ebook readers.  With many Americans still unemployed the number of Ebooks read that were borrowed from the public library could skyrocket.  This is not necessarily a bad thing since most public libraries are workforce centers that are heavily utilized by the unemployed labor force in this country.  It would be much more heartening to see the number 2 as the average number of books read per American per year, rather than the number 1.  Only time will tell if sales and consumption will merge into one and the same statistic going forward into the future.

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