Does eReader ownership hurt library borrowing?

I recently conducted a poll on Mobilereaders in which I asked two questions. I received 113 useful responses.
  1. BEFORE you started reading eBooks, how often did you borrow books from the library?

    • Once and week
    • 1-3 times as month
    • 1-6 times a year
    • Never or almost never

  2. AFTER you started reading eBooks, how often did you borrow books/eBooks from the library?

    • Once and week
    • 1-3 times as month
    • 1-6 times a year
    • Never or almost never
Comparing the results of 113 respondents revealed the following.
  • Decrease in library borrowing of books/eBooks: 19%
  • Same amount of library borrowing of books/eBooks: 40%
  • Increase in library borrowing of books/eBooks: 41%
Discussion and interpretation of results
  • According to these responses, owning eReaders appears help rather than harm library borrowing.

  • However, this claim may overestimate library borrowing of eReader owners in the general population because analysis of the respondents' Mobileread profiles show clearly that they own an unusually high percentage of devices, particularly Sony Readers, that accept Overdrive's library eBooks and relatively few Kindles compared to the rest of the population.

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