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eBook survey hosted by OverDrive and American Library Association (ALA)

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I found the link to this survey in the Overdrive area of my local library account today. The introduction says:

"Your library, in cooperation with OverDrive and American Library Association, is interested in learning about the growth of eBooks and its key drivers. We are collecting this data nationally and are not associating any identifying information with the responses. Your answers will be kept strictly confidential. The data will be reported at an aggregate level only, and will be used to provide insights to enhance library eBook services in the future. Thank you for taking our survey!"

The survey includes questions about library use, about preferred sources of books and ebooks, and about the likelihood that you will buy books you've encountered at the library. It's easy to see how OverDrive and ALA could use the results to help change publishers' minds about withholding ebooks from libraries and about increasing "friction" in borrowing ebooks. I hope that will be the outcome and I urge everyone here who's interested in such an outcome to take the survey.


You can tell by examining the link that the URL is totally plain and generic. There are no personal identifiers hidden inside. I believe it's safe for anyone to submit answers anonymously.

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