Pew Internet & American Life Project Releases New Report on Libraries and E-Books

Members of the METRO community may be interested in a new report released today by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project on 
public libraries and e-book borrowing that is a companion to The Rise of E-Reading report released in April.

Findings from the latest report show that while a modest number of patrons have started to borrow e-books from the library, many Americans are still not even aware that this service is offered by their local library.

The report also quotes extensively from librarians about their interactions with patrons and with publishers related to e-books.

This work is part of a three-year effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study the role of libraries in users’ lives and in their communities.

A summary of the findings and the report can be accessed at:

ALA President Molly Raphael's response to the report is here:

Finally, for those attending ALA, Project Director Lee Rainie will discuss the research on Sunday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m at the Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom A.