Ebooks and Library Usage
Blogger: Rachel Kent
Now that ebooks are a common and accepted way of reading, I’m curious to know how they are affecting your library usage.
Personally, I’m much more likely to buy a book on my Kindle or at an online bookstore than I am to go to the library. It’s just more convenient to purchase a book and have it instantly delivered to my Kindle or dropped off at my doorstep than it is to drive down to a bookstore or to the library. I do enjoy browsing at bookstores, but I only do that occasionally when I don’t have a specific book in mind.
A friend’s husband uses a Kindle to purchase and read books and doesn’t go to the library at all anymore. He purchases a wide variety of books including classics and new releases.
Michelle Ule has had two experiences with checking ebooks out of the library, and she said both times it was difficult to figure out, but once she had the books she was happy to have them electronically on her reading device.
Another friend doesn’t go to the library as much as she used to because she can get so much reading material for free from Amazon.
What about you? Do you use an e-reader to check ebooks out of the library? Do you just download or purchase books instead of making a trip to the library? Or are you still a fan of going to the library to browse for books?
And are there any of you who don’t have an ereader yet? Why haven’t you made that transition?