Borrowing ebooks from a library (infographic)

Different vendors provide libraries with ebooks

Libraries are access points to ebooks for many communities. The only problem is that borrowing ebooks is still too complicated.

If I had to name one reason that keeps readers away from ebooks, it is technological complexity.

Libraries are the places to make complicated things simple, but when it comes to ebooks, the task is tougher than anything else.

To offer ebooks to their patrons, libraries band together with companies that specialize in providing digital content. Companies like OverDrive or 3M Cloud Library offer not only ebooks, but also the technology that lets patrons borrow and read them.

The problem is that no ebook vendor offers the service versatile enough to meet all the requirements. Therefore, libraries try to cooperate with more than one provider – and it’s where it gets really tough.

Patrons have to search through several different vendor catalogs and interfaces to find their material, not to mention find it in a compatible format for their device.

It’s not surprising that while 72% of parents want their children to read more ebooks, only a tiny percent of patrons have checked out an ebook from a library.

Library Simplified is a project aiming at breaking down technological barriers to library use. The new infographic is highlighting the major challenge libraries and ebook vendors face in the nearest future: poor user experience.

The goal is simple: to make checking out and reading ebooks as close to print books as possible. There is a lot to be done.

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Borrowing ebooks from a library - infographic

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