The rise and rise of digital media in New Zealand continues according to Public Libraries of New Zealand’s latest statistics.
Over 800,000 ebooks were borrowed from library databases in 2013 – more than double the estimated 350,000 e-books borrowed in 2012.
The stats also showed that total number of printed books issued also fell by just four percent (to just over 48 million).
Borrowing may be on the up with ebooks, but according to Executive director of Public Libraries New Zealand, Tim Antric, a market still exists for printed books;
“There’s a comfort in sitting down and reading a traditional book, even if we look at kids today there’s still a passion for that paper book. That sitting down and reading with mum, that taking off and reading a book on my own.”
The statistic also highlight the popularity of libraries with New Zealanders, with Tim saying more people than ever were going to libraries, over 37 million visits recorded last year.