Coronavirus: E-book loans increased 150% during the breaker, according to NLB, Arts News & Top Stories

SINGAPORE – Although public libraries closed from April 7 and only reopened on July 1, they kept book lovers engaged during the breaker period by offering a wide selection of eBooks and audiobooks on their online platforms.

According to the National Library Board (NLB), there was a 150% increase in e-book loans from April 7 to June 1, compared to the same period last year, accompanied by a 70% increase in number of e-books. book borrowers.

And the most borrowed eBook was the fantastic bestseller Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling.

A spokesperson for NLB said the council has rolled out a series of digital offerings that cater to readers of all ages, to stay relevant and visible during the breaker.

“We made sure there was something for our customers of all ages – from eBooks and adult classes to digital storytelling sessions to help parents engage their kids at home. Seniors could also access many new native language books and online programs specially designed for this age group. “

The organization has also improved the user interface of its mobile app to ensure a smooth online experience.

The closure of libraries combined with the convenience of borrowing e-books has attracted many people to the NLB app.

For student Elizabeth Goh, the convenience of reading on her tablet was a draw.

“It was quite a different experience because I’m used to physical books, but it’s really very convenient. I can just search for what I want, and if it’s not available I can be put on the waiting list, ”he added. -old said.

She also found the app’s recommendations useful. She stumbled across Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House – in which a brother and sister are kicked out of the big house they grew up in by their stepmother – in the NLB Pulitzer Prize-nominated collection of books and the appreciated.

16-year-old student Niveydithaa Saravanan is new to eBooks. The book lover turned to e-books from NLB to explain the breaker era and read classics such as Plato’s The Republic and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.

She said, “My mom told me to download it so I would stop complaining about reading the same books over and over again.”

The Top 10 Most Borrowed eBooks During Breaker

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling

2. This is what inequality looks like by Teo You Yenn

3. Lee Kuan Yew: The man and his ideas by Han Fook Kwang, Sumiko Tan and Warren Fernandez

4. The Blur Sotong by Wang Shijia

5. Tanoshii: joy of making Japanese cakes and desserts by Yamashita Masataka

6. Delicious Nyonya Treats by Philip Chia

7. Fetch-22: Dog Man Series, Book 8 by Dav Pilkey

8. Becoming by Michelle Obama

9. Dr. Seuss and Philosophy: Oh, the thoughts you can think of! By Dr Seuss

10. For Whom The Ball Rolls: Dog Man Series, Book 7 by Dav Pilkey

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