eBook checkouts from libraries are up 200% so far this year as compared to all of 2010, with more than 12 million eBooks checked out from libraries so far this year, according to digital book distributor OverDrive. According to the company’s Q3 2011 research, eBook checkouts from libraries will exceed 16 million this year.
The company has also reported that almost 2 million new users signed up for the ability to check out books from libraries through the OverDrive network this year, which is about double last year. Interestingly mobile devices are accounting for 21% of all checkouts from the network, as more readers are checking out library books using their phones.
We expect these numbers to keep growing since last month OverDrive partnered with Amazon to let Kindle users check out library books. If you’d like to check out eBooks from your local library using OverDrive, check out our post on How To Download eBooks From Your Local Library post.