I wrote a story about the Concord city library adding a second digital service – Hoopla Digital to supplement the statewide New Hampshire Downloadable Books service operated by the firm OverDrive – and it was interesting to report, but to me the biggest fact was this:
Last fiscal year, the library “recorded 296,561 checkouts of physical materials (DVDs, CD, print books, etc.) and 27,220 checkouts of digital materials.” In other words, more than 92 percent of checkouts by number were physical items.
Yeah, audio books on your phone and e-books on Kindle et. al. are cool, but it seems like people still like turning pages.