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.

Click or tap on the image below to see it in full resolution.

Borrowing ebooks from a library - infographic

More infographics to check out:

Want even more? Check out all articles in this topic: Infographics.

Start the discussion

Interesting: Borrowing ebooks from a library (infographic) ebookfriendly.com...
132.4K friends
41.5K followers

Tips and tricks

Amazon Charts - top tips and things to know

Amazon Charts – top 10 facts about the next-generation bestseller lists

Amazon Charts are innovative rankings of Top 20 Most Sold and Top 20 Most Read books in combined reading formats that are updated on a weekly basis.

Amazon Fire Kids Edition is a tablet addressed to children

Tablet for kids – when the regular Fire is better than Kids Edition

Want to buy a tablet for kids? Amazon Fire Kids Edition or the regular Fire tablet? This post will help you choose.

Gift ideas

Top-rated iPad cases and accessories to get in 2018

10 top-rated iPad accessories you can get in 2018

Here is a round-up of iPad accessories that got highest ratings on Amazon – cases, keyboards, stands, chargers, screen protectors, and more.

Best Apple iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9 cases sleeves - 2017 models

25 unique cases and sleeves for the 2017 iPad Pro 10.5 and 12.9

A selection of the most functional covers and sleeves designed for Apple iPad Pro tablets released in 2017: Pro 10.5 and Pro 12.9. Leather sleeves, keyboard cases, stand covers, rotating stands, military-grade cases, and more. Amazon, Etsy, Otterbox.

Best 50

50 best Nook cases and accessories you can get

50 best case covers and accessories for your Nook e-reader and tablet

A list of fashionable, well-designed Nook case covers and accessories. Nook GlowLight & GlowLight Plus, Nook Tab A 7.0, Nook Tab S2 8.0, and Nook Tab E 9.6.

The best cases and accessories for Amazon Fire tablets

50 best Amazon Fire cases and accessories to buy in 2018

A list of the best case covers and accessories for Amazon Kindle Fire tablets: Fire 7, Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10, and older models. Plus a selection of the best accessories: power chargers, screen protectors, stands, and more.

Get free updates via email

Powered by MailChimp
You'll receive email digests on Fridays at 2pm GMT / 10am EST.