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E-book Circulation Increasing In Area Libraries

Posted: December 9, 2012 at 4:35 a.m.

Diana Ashley of Rogers peruses through shelved books Wednesday at the Rogers Public Library. Area librarians say e-books and other electronic media are flying off virtual shelves.

Area librarians say e-books and other electronic media are flying off virtual shelves. The increase in usage means librarians must decide how to spend their book dollars: on traditional books or e-books.

By the Numbers

E-Book Circulation

Circulation figures in area libraries are changing with more e-books being checked out, but physical book circulation remains the mainstay of library circulation. Library officials say an average of 300,000 print books are checked out each year.

Circulation numbers

City E-books Time Frame

Rogers 44,844 Jan.-Dec. 2011

Rogers 52,116 Jan.-Nov. 2012

Fayetteville 7,937 Jan.-Dec. 2011

Fayetteville 20,884 Jan.-Nov. 2012

Springdale N/A Jan.-Dec. 2011

Springdale 14,130 Jan.-Nov. 2012

Bentonville N/A Jan.-Dec. 2011

Bentonville 12,964 Jan.-Nov. 2012

Source: Staff Report

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