Book Buying Survey 2012: Book Circ Takes A Hit
February 14, 2012 By
Tight money and the rise of ebooks deflate the numbers
With the economy still in the gutter, it’s hardly surprising that LJ’s 2012 Book Buying Survey of public libraries nationwide turned up a book budget decrease of more than two percent on average. Nor is it surprising that, as budgets are cut, some respondents have adapted their purchasing policies, particularly in the high-circ area of fiction. And with ebooks taking off, one might expect the materials budget breakdown to shift somewhat in their direction.
But it is a shock to discover that book circulation, having soared over the last decade, has suddenly gone flat.
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