Toronto library first in world to exceed 20 million digital downloads

Twenty million. That’s how many ebooks and audiobooks have been downloaded from the Toronto Public Library as of July 31. InfoDocket reports the Toronto Library kicked off its digital adventure in 2007, the same year the Kindle store launched in the USA, with just 25 ebooks. Last month it became the first library anywhere in Read More …

Arabic Literature in Translation Seminar in New York follows Sharjah’s New Orleans Library Association presence. The Arab Renaissance gets into second gear

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) will be running a seminar at the New York Public Library tomorrow as the next stage of the Arab Renaissance unfolds. The seminar is to introduce the recently launched Translation Fund, which looks to support Arabic literature reaching the English, French and German language markets. Juergen Boos, President of Read More …

OverDrive clocks 220,000 audiobook downloads a day. On target for 80 million audio downloads this year that won’t be counted by Data Guy’s BookStat

OverDrive launched its new quarterly Perspectives on Reading e-magazine this week, and among its “unique insights” was an article on audiobook growth from OverDrive’s own data. Back in 2013 OverDrive crossed the 100 million downloads benchmark, reporting 79 million ebook checkouts and 22.9 million for audiobooks. For 2017 OverDrive clocked 225 million downloads, comprising 155 Read More …

Shortlist of 5 announced for World’s Best New Library

35 libraries from 19 countries were in the running, but just five have been shortlisted for the annual prize to be acclaimed 2018 Public Library of the Year, awarded to a public library that is either newly built or set up in premises not previously used for library purposes. The jury consists of members of Read More …

2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award shortlist announced

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is preparing for its 23rd final in June, and the ten shortlisted books have just been announced. Only two of the authors are Irish, and that makes up half the English-language originals – the other two are from American and South African authors. The final six on the shortlist are Read More …

Spanish libraries lent 60 million print books and 130,000 ebooks in 2017. Or did they? A look at Public Libraries 2020’s curious numbers

With a population of 46 million Spain is fielding 4,600 public libraries – one for every 10,000 citizens, and 8.6 million adults have visited said libraries in 2017 – almost 19% of the population. But while 60 million print books were borrowed from Spanish libraries in 2017, just 126,000 ebooks were downloaded. That’s according to Read More …

Mobile libraries are on the streets of Cairo to coincide with the Cairo International Book Fair

Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem “launched and re-activated” the Mobile Libraries scheme at the start of the month, initially starting in the Al-Asmarat neighbourhood in Cairo’s Moqattam. Tomorrow (February 8) it will move to Mansheyat Nasser, returning to Al-Asmarat during the winter holidays. The Mobile Libraries project, which includes shows, art exhibitions, and workshops Read More …

Greek National Library moves to new home

In Athens this month the transfer of the Greek national book collection is underway. The collection dates back to the 1820s but it was only as that century drew to a close that the collection moved to its current home, the beautiful neo-classical marble building in Phaleron Bay. Work on the new home at the Read More …