Over the last few years, the Softlink Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey has shown a steady increase in the purchase of eBooks by school libraries (a 30% increase between 2014 and 2015), and these latest figures from OverDrive indicate that with the improved availability, K-12 students are becoming increasingly comfortable with using digital book alternatives.
OverDrive also released lists of the top 5 Children and Young Adult eBooks and Audiobooks for 2016.
In-school awareness is key to improving eBook statistics within the school community according to OverDrive. In Indiana, The School City of Hammond, were able to grow their OverDrive checkouts by 183% by steadily working on their student awareness efforts.
They undertook a marketing campaign where they promoted the digital library through in-library and hallway displays (many included QR codes to make it easy for students to borrow eBooks), regular blog posts as well as brochures, bookmarks and other paraphernalia.
The district also put considerable effort into curated collections, where they highlighted eBooks that fit into a variety of themes such as Halloween and holiday reading.
They are aiming to boost their eBook statistics by another 183% in 2017! Read the full article to find out more about what they are doing to get there.
If you're looking for ways to engage your students using eBooks and audiobooks, find out more about using OverDrive in your school, or contact the Softlink sales team using our online form.