Ebooks and Beyond

EBOOKS AND BEYOND: UPDATE ON A SURVEY OF LIBRARY USERS

Duncan, Ross. APLIS Dec2011, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p182-193, 12p, 15 Charts
Database:Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text

In April 2010 a survey was sent electronically to 40,000 members of Sunshine Coast Libraries to ascertain their use of ebooks and eAudiobooks. This was followed in April 2011 by a survey to identify changes in the electronic behavior and expectations of library members. The results indicate a high level of interest in ebooks and eAudiobooks, and a strong interest in emerging technologies such as iPhones, iPads, and Kindle. These trends present public libraries with the challenge of advocating for and rapidly growing their virtual offerings, and becoming effective advisers to their users about such emerging technologies and their capabilities.