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Study released on library eBook borrowing


eBook readers have been relatively slow to borrow digital works from the library, frustrated by a limited selection and by not even knowing if their local branch offers e-releases, according to a new study, the Associated Press reports. The Pew Research Center published a survey Friday that reports around 12 percent of eBook users 16 years and older downloaded a text from the library over the past year. Earlier in 2012, Pew issued a study showing that around 20 percent of adults had read an eBook recently. Simon & Schuster, the Hachette Book Group and other major publishers have limited eBook offerings to libraries or refused to make any available, citing concerns that the ease of free downloads would hurt sales. Lack of awareness may be another factor. Around 60 percent of those 16 and older couldn’t say whether their libraries had eBooks. Pew’s Internet & American Life Project study, conducted with nearly 3,000 respondents between Nov. 16 and Dec. 11, 2011, suggests that library patrons trying to borrow digital texts have been deterred by the selection and by not having the right eBook device…

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