Houston Public Library, Before and After the Integration
On June 27th, Boopsie added their Digital Comics and Graphic Novels subscription service to the Houston Public Library mobile app. In just one week, the average daily circulation of Houston’s digital comics and graphic novel increased 4x. The library had the same subscription service for comics and graphic novels available to desktop users for months, so simply adding the integration into their library’s mobile app delivered a dramatic increase in usage. It makes sense: digital comics and graphic novels are ideal for consumption on tablets and the age groups most likely to read these materials are also most likely to have mobile devices and their library’s mobile apps.
Digital comics and graphic novels delivered via mobile applications are a great way to engage with newer, younger community members and help your library become more relevant and innovative. Boopsie’s comics subscription service is not only easy for patrons to use, it’s incredibly easy for libraries to add.
Boopsie’s Comics & Graphic Novels User Experience is Outlined Below
|Step 1:App users select Comics Plus: Library Edition, which is listed on the Home Menu.|
|Step 2:App Users select the login button.|
|Which produces a login form; app users simply provide their library card number and pin.|
|Step 3:The Welcome Screen||
|Step 4:App users can browse the Comic Plus: Library Edition catalog|
|Step 5:App users can browse the Comic Plus: Library Edition catalog by publishers or the recently added comics title list.|
|Step 6:Checked out graphic novels and comic books can be accessed in your bookshelf.|
|Step 7:Enjoy the graphic novel or comic book!|
How Does Boopsie Offer a Subscription to Digital Comics?
Boopsie is an authorized reseller of a digital catalog of Comics and Graphic Novels provided by Comics Plus: Library Edition. Adding this subscription to your library’s services provides patrons and students with access to a catalog of over 10,000 graphic novels and comic books, instantly.
Use of Comics & Graphic Novels in Libraries
Comic Books and Graphic Novels have been known to “out-circ” popular young adult titles. This can be attributed to several reasons. Graphic Novels don’t take as long to read as their counterparts, and therefore can be consumed and turned over at a faster rate. Graphic Novels, unlike fiction titles, hold an appeal to larger age ranges; it’s not unusual to see people of various age ranges reading the same graphic novel.
Over the last 10 years, there has been an explosion of mainstream recognition for comics as many popular movies have originated directly from comic books and graphic novels. Television shows with large followings like The Walking Dead—which is based off a graphic novel series of the same name, and The Big Bang Theory—which centers around “geek culture” and stereotypes, also help drive acceptance of the genre.
Why Add a Digital Comics & Graphic Novel Subscription for Your Library?
There are several issues that some libraries face when it comes to adding a graphic novels to their collection. Non-digital graphic novels have a short shelf life; some of these novels can start to loose pages within 20-40 circulations. Digital graphic novels won’t lose their pages or wear out after a few circs, so patrons can enjoy them endlessly.
Graphic novels can be hard to keep on the shelf—between high circulating titles (which can take a while to be processed) and the potential for theft, graphic novel fans occasionally have troubles accessing the titles they want while at their local library. Boopsie’s digital subscription to comics can’t be stolen from the shelves and there are unlimited simultaneous checkouts available. If your library wants to host a Naruto reading group, ALL of your attendees can all check out the title, simultaneously.
Interested in Adding a Digital Graphic Novel Collection at Your Library?
Simply contact our sales team about purchasing a digital subscription to 10,000+ title comics and graphic novel catalog. Adding this digital catalog to your library’s app is easy and drives a huge increase in circulation overnight, just ask Houston Public Library. Even if you aren’t a Boopsie customer, your patrons still have access to your digital collection from Boopsie and Comics Plus: Library Edition on desktop computers.