92% of librarians say offline access to eBooks more or equally important than online access

ebrary has done a number of survey’s over the years.   They recently released the results of their 2011 survey of librarians regarding mobile and offline access.  The results are available (registration required) at http://www.tfaforms.com/222151.  Last June, I interviewed Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing at ebrary about the download survey and ebrary’s new PDA program. Feel free to have a listen.

According to the ebrary press release, “Among other key findings, the survey revealed that 92% of librarians find providing offline access to e-books more or equally important than providing online access.”

Here’s more from the press release:

E-book Download Survey from ebrary Now Freely Available
Dr. Allen McKiel of Western Oregon University summarizes the results and key findings
December 14, 2011 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – ebrary®, a ProQuest business and leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced that the results of its survey of more than 1,000 librarians regarding e-book mobile and offline access is now publicly available online.  Anyone may register to receive the full results along with a paper authored by Dr. Allen McKiel, Dean of Library Services at Western Oregon University, at http://www.tfaforms.com/222151.

Among other key findings, the survey revealed that 92% of librarians find providing offline access to e-books more or equally important than providing online access.

“Librarians in this survey clearly reflect a view of the critical nature of portability to the future of e-books,” wrote McKiel.  “The clear preference for offline mobile access has its roots in the experience of reading a print book. In order for the experience of reading an e-book to be as satisfying as reading a print book it must at least provide similar ease of use. The two simplest expectations are portability and usability. You need to be able to hold it comfortably, turn the page, and find things in the book. Tablets are getting better and better at providing the basics for the reading experience. They also provide the additional benefit of providing access to a portable library.”

ebrary to Showcase Mobile App at ALA Midwinter

ebrary recently launched download capabilities and will soon announce a dedicated mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.   Learn more by joining ebrary’s events at ALA Midwinter, January 20-24 in Dallas, Texas.  For a schedule of events and to RSVP, visit http://www.ebrary.com/corp/events.jsp.

About ebrary (www.ebrary.com)

ebrary is a leading provider of e-books and research technology to libraries worldwide.  Founded in 1999, the company offers more than 273,000 e-books from over 500 trusted publishers under flexible models including subscription, perpetual archive (purchase), patron driven acquisition, and short-term loans.  As YBP Library Service’s preferred e-book partner, ebrary’s titles are available in GOBI™, as well as YBP’s Approval and Demand Driven Acquisition (DDA) service.  ebrary is the only e-book provider that enables customers to upload and integrate their own digital materials right from their computers with DASH!™ (Data Sharing, Fast) technology as well as apply cross-referencing with multiple online resources with InfoTools™ technology.  A ProQuest® business, ebrary is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, USA.