Thursday, May 5, 2011

Downloadable Books are Hot, Hot, Hot!!

Our good friend Bobbi Slossar, who manages the New Hampshire Downloadable Books consortium, just released statistics that demonstrate how much people in NH like to listen to books and read them on eReaders. The consortium first introduced eBooks a year ago. In that time the small collection has grown to 1,658 titles, and the first year's circulation of eBooks totalled 33,919.

Downloadable audiobooks are showing even bigger numbers. This is what the consortium began with several years ago, and the collection now numbers 3,995 WMA audiobooks and 674 MP3 audiobooks, with a combined circulation in the last 12 months of 161,089.

If you don't know what the New Hampshire Downloadable Book consortium is all about, you can visit the home page to learn more. You can also visit the NHDB blog, where you'll find tips and tricks, as well as lists of the newly added titles (tip: Friday is the day that new titles are added to the collection). Merrimack Public Library is one of 160 NH libraries with membership in the consortium, and all you need is an MPL card to use it.

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