A new study has found that while it is true that a library’s free online offerings are often cheaper than traditional stores, it’s also true that many people are uncomfortable paying for library books, as evidenced by a lack of interest in the products they are reading.
Key points:The research showed that while a library can be used to get the essentials like books and magazines, it can be less expensive than paying for them on a regular basisWhat’s more, people were less likely to return to a library for more than five minutes as compared to a bookstoreWhat the research found is that while people would often go to a free library if it was a good place to spend their money, the experience was often more limited.
The study was commissioned by the Association of the Australian Libraries and was conducted by the University of NSW.
The results are based on data collected from 4,000 people who had visited the library in the past 12 months, and were asked how often they would go back to the library, compared to how often their local branch would offer a discount.
The results showed that a typical visit to a local library was five minutes, with almost three-quarters of those returning for five minutes or less.
“Our findings show that people are not necessarily willing to pay more for library products, and so we have to ask: is it worth paying for more of them?”
Associate Professor Chris Beresford said.
The report also found that most people would not return to their local library for five or more minutes, compared with a third of people who would spend more than 10 minutes.
In addition, while people were generally not interested in paying for other items, they were more likely to consider returning to a discount bookshop for a more enjoyable experience.
“The number of people returning to the bookstore or a discount discount store for a five minute visit or longer is higher than the number of those coming back to a bookshop because many people want to get their book back to their collection as soon as possible,” Professor Beresfords said.
“It is worth remembering that most books in Australia are not available in bookshops, so the experience of going to the store and having to pick up a book is far less pleasurable than going to a place like the library.”
The study also found people were not always comfortable with the products that were available online.
The majority of people surveyed were not sure how often or how often books could be found online, and only a small number of them were comfortable paying for items online.
While the results showed people were often more likely not to return for more that five minutes at a discount store, it was not clear whether this was because they were less confident in their own ability to access online books, or because the store did not offer more than a small selection of books for that time of year.
“A lot of people may find it a bit of a struggle to go to the shop to pick things up,” Professor Leong said.
“For the more casual book-buyer, there’s no way of knowing whether you will get a book or not.”
But if you are able to go into a store and check out a lot of books at once, then it’s worth trying.
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