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90% of Americans Said Library Closures Would Hurt Their Community: Pew Digital Library Report

pewNinety percent of Americans aged 16 and older said that if their local public library closed that it would impact their community, and 63 percent said that it would have a major impact.

These Americans say that libraries play an important role in their communities. In fact, ninety-five percent of these citizens said that the materials and resources available at public libraries are important in giving anyone the chance to succeed. In addition, 95 percent of those surveyed said that public libraries promote literacy and a love of reading. The report also found that majority of people (94 percent) report that the public library improves the quality of life in a community.

While most people love their library, only 34 percent of Americans aged 16 and older think that public libraries have not done a good job at staying up to date with technology. In fact, 55 percent of people said that libraries do not do a good job keeping up with technology.  In addition, more than half (52 percent) of Americans said that people don’t need public libraries as much as they used.

Almost 70% of Readers Will Not Abandon Print Books: Ricoh Study

ricohNearly 70 percent of consumers feel it is unlikely that they’ll give up on printed books by 2016, according to a new report from print company Ricoh and analyst firm IT Strategies with the University of Colorado at Boulder. The main reasons for preferring print are that these consumers like the look and feel of a real book, they don’t have to strain their eyes to read print and they like putting books on the bookshelf.

“The Evolution of the Book Industry: Implications for US Book Manufacturers and Printers”  report also revealed that college students prefer print textbooks to digital textbooks, for reasons of concentration. According to the report, respondents reported that a digital display is too distracting.

The study also claims that 60 percent of eBooks that are downloaded are not actually read. It did not include any metrics about how many print books are purchased and not read.

Reading Literary Fiction Improves Empathy: Study

theroundhouseReading literary fiction can improve empathy, according to a new report from researchers at The New School in New York City.

To conduct the study, the research team which included social psychologist Emanuele Castano and PhD candidate David Kidd, they divided up reading assignments to the participants. Different participants read different genres of books. After the test, they were given tests designed to measure their ability to understand someone else’s thoughts and feelings. Interestingly, there was a significant difference in the responses between literary- and genre-fiction readers and literary fiction readers proved to be more empathetic.

The Scientific American has the story:

When study participants read non-fiction or nothing, their results were unimpressive. When they read excerpts of genre fiction, such as Danielle Steel’s The Sins of the Mother, their test results were dually insignificant. However, when they read literary fiction, such as The Round House by Louise Erdrich, their test results improved markedly—and, by implication, so did their capacity for empathy.

Jobs Involving Intellectual Property Make Up 6% of US GDP: IIPA

iipaJobs involving intellectual property are helping to keep the U.S. economy thriving, according to a new report from the International Intellectual Property Alliance. The research revealed that copyright industries added more than $1 trillion in value to the U.S. economy in a year, and comprised more 6 percent of the total US GDP.

The report examined the economic impact of US industries made up of the creation, production, distribution and exhibition of copyright materials ranging from newspapers and books to TV, music and radio.

The report found that these industries included about 5.4 million jobs for US workers or about 5 percent of all private sector jobs. These jobs paid on average 33 percent more than other jobs, according to the study. In addition, the study also revealed that this is a growing field and grew an aggregate annual rate of 4.7 percent, which is pretty impressive since this is twice the rate of growth for the US economy, according to the report.

62% of Young Adults in the UK Prefer Print to eBooks: Voxburner

voxThe majority (62 percent) of 16-to-24 year-olds in the UK prefer print books to eBooks, according to a new report from Voxburner.

The report included responses from 1,420 participants who were surveyed them between September 25th and October 18th 2013.

The main reasons that the respondents prefer print are that print books are a good value, and that readers have an emotional connection to books. Fifty-one percent of participants said that they liked to hold the product. Twenty percent said that they are not restricted to a particular device. Ten percent responded that print is easier to share. Six percent said that they can sell a print book when they are done with it.

Interestingly, respondents picked books as the media they most prefer in print. Forty-percent of respondents said that they prefer physical copies of movies,  47 percent prefer print newspapers and magazines to digital, 32 percent prefer CDs to MP3s, and 31 percent of these young people prefer physical video games to digital ones. (Via The Guardian).

NSA Surveillance is Making Writers Self-Censor

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Eighty-five percent of writers are worried about government surveillance of Americans, and 73 percent reported that never have they been so worried about privacy rights and freedom of the press, according to a new report from Pen America.

The report found that writers are censoring themselves in order to avoid trouble with the NSA. The report found that 16 percent of writers have avoided writing or speaking about a particular topic due to concerns about the NSA.

In addition, the study revealed that 24 percent of writers have purposefully avoided certain topics on the phone or through email. And 28 percent of writers have avoided social media activities. Read more

Nielsen is Acquiring Bowker’s Business Intelligence

Nielsen has formed an agreement with R.R. Bowker to acquire Bowker’s Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products in a deal whose terms were not disclosed. The surprising move will allow Nielsen –the owner of Book Scan, BookData and BookNet — to provide both eBook and print data in one tool from one source.

Here is more from the press release:

Bowler’s industry-leading Business Intelligence and Commerce Solutions products will be integrated into Nielsen’s book portfolio upon completion of this acquisition. Nielsen will soon be able to measure the impact of eBook sales in the U.S. and UK and provide insights and trends around the volume and value of books sales by various demographic criteria. Nielsen will also be able to offer for the first time a B2B service that enables retailers to source and order books throughout the English-language book market. Read more

Children’s & YA eBook Revenues Rose 196% in August

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot report for August 2012, the adult fiction category saw eBook revenues increase nearly 37 percent to $857.7 million.

In the same category, mass market paperback revenues plunged 16 percent compared to the same period last year (chart embedded above). In addition, the children’s and YA category grew by more than 196 percent in August. Hardcover sales in that category grew by 27 percent for the month.

Below, we’ve embedded a chart below that breaks down the children’s and young adult sales by format. The AAP collected information from 1,186 different publishers to compile the report.

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Hardcover Children’s & YA Revenues Up Nearly 30%

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot report for July 2012, hardcover sales revenue in the children’s and young adult category skyrocketed by nearly 30 percent compared to the same period last year–rising to $424.7 million.

In contrast, adult fiction and nonfiction hardcover sales declined 0.7 percent in July. Children’s and YA also saw a 222 percent jump in digital sales while the adult category grew 37 percent. While adult fiction and nonfiction paperback sales increased 11 percent, mass market paperback sales continued to slide, dropping by more than 20 percent.

Below, we’ve embedded a chart below that breaks down adult fiction and nonfiction sales by category as well. The AAP collected information from 1,184 different publishers to compile the report.

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Children’s & YA Revenues Up Nearly 41% This Year

According to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot report for the first half of 2012, sales revenue in the children’s and young adult category skyrocketed by nearly 41 percent compared to the same period last year–rising to $845 million.

Those gains were driven by a 251.5 percent increase in children’s and young adult digital books (see the chart embedded above). At the same time, adult fiction and nonfiction sales increased 8.3 percent.

Below, we’ve embedded a chart below that breaks down overall year-to-date sales by category as well. The AAP collected information from 1,186 different publishers to compile the report.

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