This is evident from figures shared by the National Library. The number of ebooks on loan went up by 44 percent last year. This brought the number of loans up to 5.6 million from 3.9 million in 2019.
The number of audiobooks on loan also increased in 2020, providing 2.6 million audiobooks through the library. In 2019, this was 1.78 million.
Dutch libraries offer subscribers the opportunity to borrow e-books and audio books digitally. Special software ensures that the borrowed materials can only be used for a limited time.
The National Library thinks that the increase is partly due to the corona virus. During the lockdown, “libraries actively promoted digital loans and online apps,” said Eric Daamen of the Reading team.
Libraries also responded smartly to the lockdown, by offering 100 free e-books in the apps in March for the first wave. Normally, a selection of ebooks are only made available for free around the summer.
Source: RTL Nieuws by www.rtlnieuws.nl.
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