Ninety-four percent of academic libraries, 33 percent of school libraries and 72 percent of public libraries offer eBooks. This is according to a survey conducted by the Library Journal and School Library Journal last summer. The survey had 1,842 respondents –364 academic, 781 public, and 697 school libraries– and published the findings into three different reports.
The report also found that 12% of academic libraries circulate preloaded eReading devices, while 26% are considering it; 6% of school libraries circulate preloaded eReading devices, while 36% are considering it; and 5% of public libraries circulate preloaded eReading devices, while 24% are considering it. While academic libraries and public libraries preferred Kindle, school libraries preferred Sony eReaders.
When it comes to what is on the public libraries’ digital shelves, 86% of public libraries offer adult nonfiction eBook titles 84% offer adult fiction, 76% have bestsellers, 69% young adult fiction, 56% children’s fiction, 46% young adult nonfiction, 38% children’s nonfiction, 35% reference, and 26% children’s picture books.