Originally published: January 19, 2012
Last updated: January 19, 2012 - 8:40pm
New stats from digital library distributor OverDrive show that library patrons checked out 35 million digital titles* in 2011, up from 15 million checkouts in 2010. A few more data points from OverDrive:
- 22 percent of all checkouts are now made via mobile devices
- 1.6 billion book and title catalog pages viewed, up 130 percent from 2010
- 99.5 million visitor sessions, up 107 percent from 2010
*Note: Digital titles means e-books, audiobooks AND digital media. E-books are not broken out separately here. In October, OverDrive reported that 12 million e-books were checked out between January 1 and September 30, 2011 -- up 200 percent over all of 2010.
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