A survey published this past week by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project reveals that most people do not know if the libraries in their communities offer e-books.
The study also indicated that 12 percent of e-book readers have used the library to download books but feel that libraries have too limited of a selection.
How to localize:
Check with local libraries to see if they offer e-books. If so, how big is the selection, and how often do they update it? How often are digital books borrowed, and what are the demographics behind the groups that download e-books?
Through an online poll, ask readers the frequency of their visits to the local library in the past month, year, five years.
Talk to readers who: a) borrow books from the library; b) purchase their own books; or, c) download e-books. Discuss the factors behind their decision. Do readers who borrow from the library consume more books than readers who buy their own? Do people with tablets read more or fewer books than those who borrow or buy hard copies?