According to a Nielsen report from the beginning of this year, ebook sales were down 16% in 2016. As a result something incredible happened, something many people thought would never happen again – print books out-sold ebooks last year!
Well, it never really left. And it isn’t so much that print is growing as it is that eBooks have just taken a hit…
You can read the Publisher’s Weekly article here for all the details. In essence, the rising prices of ebooks and waning sales of dedicated ereaders (which lead people to buy more ebooks because that is all the devices can be used for) has lead to a decline in ebook sales. The results?
It is early to tell, but it might just mean that print book lovers don’t have to worry about losing their beloved paper anytime soon; but that doesn’t necessarily mean that ebook readers should start recycling their Kindles either. As was previously blogged, an ebook reader is likely to be a print reader as well, and print readers are the ones most likely to start reading ebooks – readers are readers. It might just mean that the two formats can share the market more equally than originally anticipated, peacefully coexisting. Books, as always, point the way for the rest of us.
You’re not alone. There are plenty of our patrons that prefer to stick to good-old paper, and there is nothing wrong with that – we’re librarians, we understand the appeal of books – but, might there be room for both? Most of the numbers seem to indicate that the majority of ebook readers are also print book readers. So don’t feel guilty. You’re not abandoning print, you’re supplementing it.
Need more incentive? Here is a list of some of the titles available through OverDrive (one of are ematerial collections) that people enjoyed most in 2016. There’s some good stuff on there.
Interested but unsure of how to get started? You can find instructions here, or feel free to stop by the second floor reference desk at the library with your digital device of choice and we will get you started.
BiblioBoard gives patrons access to a growing collection of ebooks, music and videos featuring public-domain classics, hand-picked licensed material, selected items from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library and other articles, images, books, etc. spanning a wide range of topics. There is no limit on simultaneous use; this means no hold queues and no waiting for titles.
From The Red Badge of Courage to 100 Things Cubs Fans Should Do and Know Before They Die, BiblioBoard grants you global access to the some of the best digital materials and storytelling exhibits on a mobile-friendly platform.
BiblioBoard Library can be found on the list of resources under the “Catalogs & Databases” tab on the main page of the Moline Library website. Just click on the link and begin browsing, reading, watching and listening today.
Your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.
hoopla is a digital media service offered by Moline Public Library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Over 200,000 titles to choose from, with more being added daily.
Interested? You can find instructions for using getting started and using hoopla here; instructions-for-using-hoopla-on-computer for computers, or instructions-for-using-hoopla-on-a-mobile-device for mobile devices. Or you can stop by the 2nd floor reference desk and ask any hoopla questions you have.
So… you know… read a book.
Preferably a book from the library – they’re free, you don’t have to find space for them in your house once you’re done with them, and if you are having trouble picking one out you can always ask the nearest friendly librarian what s/he would recommend. In fact, there is no need to limit yourself to just one. Check out as many books as you like.
And don’t get me started on ebooks. Did you know that the library has 3 different collections of e-materials? OverDrive/OMNI, Axis360 and Hoopla all provide library patrons with access to numerous ebooks (and more). All you need is your library card.
Whether you want to listen to the original Broadway recording of Hamilton, you are in the mood for a Prince retrospective or looking ahead to the Keith Urban’s concert at the iWireless in October, Hoopla has your music available 24/7.
With your Moline Public Library card, visit http://www.molinelibrary.com/catalogs.html and click on Hoopla! You can check out 7 titles a month. No waiting, no holds.
For more information, contact the library’s information desk at 309-524-2470 or email@example.com