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Library Use of eBooks

I don’t normally push press releases but this one has some data in it that might prove useful.

Primary Research Group has published Library Use of eBooks 2011 Edition, ISBN 157440-157-2.

The report presents 145 pages of data and commentary on a broad range eBook issues, including: spending on eBooks in 2010 and anticipated spending for 2011; use levels of various kinds of eBooks; market penetration by various specific eBook publishers; extent of use of aggregators vs offering by specific publishers; purchasing of individual titles; use of various channels of distribution such as traditional book jobbers and leading retail/internet based booksellers; use of eBooks in course reserves and interlibrary loan; impact of eBooks on print book spending; use of eBooks in integrated search; price increases for eBooks; contract renewal rates for eBooks; use of special eBook platforms for smartphones and tablet computers; spending plans and current use of eBook reader such as Nook, Reader and Kindle and the role played by library consortia in eBooks.

Data is broken out separately for public, academic and special libraries. The data in the report is based on a sample of academic, public and special libraries in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

• The libraries sampled had a mean number of 3.51 contracts with individual publishers or aggregators.

• For colleges, eBook aggregators represented more than 63% of their total eBook contracts.

• Larger libraries were much more likely than smaller ones to make purchases of eBooks through traditional jobbers.

• Consortia purchases accounted for only about 35% of ebook purchasing of all kinds

• Only 5.56% of libraries sampled have ever developed a video to explain any facet of ebook use and only about 19% have developed online tutorials.

• Only 13.3% of libraries sampled have incorporated eBook use on Smartphones such as Android, iPhjone or Blackberry into info literacy training.

• On the whole libraries appear satisfied with the quality of usage statistics provided by their major eBook vendors. 11.1% said that the statistics are not too reliable; more than 82% said that they were generally reliable or there were quite reliable.

• 13.58% of the libraries in the sample have digitized out of copyright books in their collections to enable their patrons to have digital access to the contents. Another 18.52% say that they have not done so but plan to do so within the next two years

• More than 23% of the libraries in the sample owned some kind of stand alone ebook reading device.

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Posted on: November 22, 2010, 7:51 am Category: Uncategorized

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