Two studies released – Library Use of eBooks & eBook Impact on Publishers

There have been lots of surveys floating around about eBooks this past year.  Two of those surveys released results in the last couple of weeks.

The first was done by the Primary Research Group, Library Use of Ebooks, 2011 Edition. This is available for purchase ($89) and includes data on library spending and contracts for eBooks from specific vendors, aggregator and consortial purchasing of eBooks, how libraries are teaching patrons to use eBooks, cataloging and MARC records, audio book purchasing, ILL, how specific types/genres of books are used.  There is also significant information on eBook readers and libraries plans to purchase devices.   Respondent libraries are listed (Wright State University being one of them, thus I have a copy of the report), summary of main findings, numeric data from the entire sample, library type, and budget, and comments are all provided in the report.

Aptara released its  second eBook survey in a year, of more than 600 publishers across the Trade, Professional, and Educational markets.  Results reveal that while 64% of publishers are offering titles in eBook format, the majority of publishers are struggling to maximize eBook profits.

Key findings include:

  • The main eBook production challenge facing publishers is eReader/content format compatibility issues, the same as in our first survey. Even with a nearly universal eBook format standard (EPUB), today’s highly fragmented eReader market makes quality eBook production a moving target.
  • A widespread inability to calculate return on investment (ROI) from eBooks – confirming that most publishers are not employing scalable digital workflows, but rather retrofitting print production process and forgoing significant cost savings.
  • Only 7% of publishers are implementing enhancements in their eBooks, suggesting there’s not broad awareness of the EPUB standard’s inherent and existing support for links and A/V enhancements.

This survey is free, however you must register to download a copy, which includes results analysis for all 19 questions.

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  1. re: A/V enhancements ~ I’d say these fall under the “eReader compatibility issues” header. Plus the majority of publishers likely do not have resources to produce audio/video and/or have issues with putting those in books. Just because you don’t doesn’t mean you haven’t weighed the pros and cons. ;)

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