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Plenty of bookstores per capita in Asia, and plenty of libraries in Europe

2016-08-05

World Cities Culture Forum collects culture related data from large cities across the world. The organization publishes the data annually as statistics that describe what kind of cultural services the cities have and how citizens use them. One of the published statistics compares the number of bookstores and public libraries against the city population.
FInnish National Library
The World Cities Culture Forum organization comprises 32 cities that collect and share data on the role of the cities in the future, services the cities provide, and how the cities are administered. The Forum only collects and publishes information on cities that are members of the organization. The participating cities are listed here.

As we can see in the table below, Asian cities tend to have more bookstores per capita than cities in other continents.

City Bookstores per
100 000 inhabitants
Year
1 Hong Kong 21 2014
2 Taipei 17.6 2014
3 Madrid 16 2014
4 Shanghai 16 2014
5 Toronto 13.9 2015
6 New York 10 2015
7 Sydney 9.4 2015
8 Paris 9 2015
9 Seoul 9 2015
10 Austin 8.2 2015
11 Melbourne 8 2015
12 Shenzhen 6.6 2014
13 Amsterdam 6 2014
14 Moscow 5 2014
15 London 4 2015
16 Stockholm 3.2 2014
17 Singapore 3 2014
18 Istanbul 1 2015

 

The number of libraries per capita is bigger in Europe than in other continents.

City Libraries per
100 000 inhabitants
Year
1 Edinburgh 60.5 2015
2 Warsaw 11.4 2014
3 Brussels 10 2015
4 Paris 9.2 2014
5 Seoul 6 2014
6 Shenzhen 5.9 2014
7 Vienna 5.9 2014
8 Hong Kong 4.2 2015
9 London 4.2 2014
10 Moscow 4.2 2014
11 Toronto 3.9 2015
12 Melbourne 3.4 2015
13 Amsterdam 3.3 2014
14 Sydney 3.3 2015
15 New York 2.7 2015
16 Taipei 1.8 2014
17 Rome 0.8 2014
18 Singapore 0.5 2014
19 Istanbul 0.4 2014
20 Dubai 0.3 2015

Little Free Library Recycles Books in Delightful Manner

2015-02-06

Secondhand paper books have very little value anymore. Shops that used to buy and sell second hand books tend to trade rarities and collectors’ items, not bestsellers or general fiction and nonfiction. Fortunately, there is a way to do something with your old books: Little Free Library. Anyone can use a Little Free Library if there happens to be one in the neighborhood, or establish one if none exists.
little free library, Britain phone booth
Photo by Christine Modey.

Little Free Library is a concept created by people who like to promote reading. So far, the concept has spread more than 70 countries across the world. Over 20 000 libraries Little Free Libraries have been established.

The great thing with the initiative is how book lovers’ creativity comes alive when they think about the set up of their own libraries.

If you want to start you own library, Little Free Library has 5 easy steps to get started on the program home page.

Mental Floss has collected a photo gallery of Little Free Libraries here.

little free library newspaperbox
Photo by Josh Larios.

Strong Growth for Ebooks in Libraries in 2014

2015-01-12

Overdrive is a large-scale ebook distribution system that powers many libraries and educational institutions in North America and Europe. The company reports that 2014 was another record year for its ebook business: in 2014, ebook checkouts in libraries and schools increased 33% from 2013. The total number of ebook checkouts was 137 million in 2014.
overdrive ebook system at helmet library
Two trends can be highlighted from the 2014 statistics provided by Overdrive. Mobile devices – primarily tablets and smartphones – have quickly become the dominant reading platform. Majority of ebook checkouts already take place on mobile devices. Reading of ebooks continues to grow strongly, even though in the U.S., ebook sales is growing only moderately after multiple years of hyper growth.

Total digital titles borrowed from libraries & schools: 137 million (+33% over 2013)
Tablets and smartphones now account for 52% of all checkouts
Mobile devices account 64% of all traffic (+100% over 2013)
Percentage of visits on tablet (43%), smartphone (21%), desktop (36% – down from 48% in 2013),
eBook circulation: 105 million (+32%)
Digital Audiobook circulation: 32 million (+38%)
Streaming video circulation (+46%)
OverDrive Read circulation (+124%)

The most popular nonfiction titles borrowed from Overdrive-powered libraries in 2014 were:

Adult nonfiction eBook: Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand, Random House Publishing Group
Adult nonfiction audiobook: Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand, Books on Tape
Children/YA nonfiction eBook: Heaven is for Real for Kids, Todd Burpo, Thomas Nelson