Indianapolis residents enjoy reading eBooks, recent figures show

January 7, 2013 by  

Reading is one of life’s great pleasures, and for Indianapolis, Indiana residents, checking out a good book from the library is only a click away. A story dated January 2, 2013, looks back at 2012, and reveals some staggering figures regarding the growth in popularity of eBooks.

Short for ‘electronic books’, the term ‘eBook’ refers to the fact that it is possible to download a digital version of a book from home rather than going to the library for a physical copy. Although there are many people who enjoy simply holding a book and turning the pages, the popularity of eBooks is so great that the number of downloads nearly doubled, from 222,731 in all of 2011 to 439,824 through the end of November, 2012. When December’s figures are added, it seems likely that 2012 will have more than double 2011’s total.

The growing popularity of the concept has led the Indianapolis Public Library to create what Mike Williams, the library’s Area Resource Manager, calls ‘eBook Tinker Stations’ at the Central Library and 10 outlying branches. The stations will be available through February 2 and are designed to help familiarize readers with eBooks and eReaders, and show them how to download the books. When they are due for return, eBooks simply disappear from the patron’s eReader— so there are no late fees involved and libraries can be sure of prompt returns.

The Indianapolis library might consider flyer printing as a means of advertising its stations. It could post flyers throughout schools, churches, and other similar venues in the city.