French Ministry of Culture and Communication releases ebook study

The French Ministry of Culture and Communication released the findings of a study they commissioned for ebooks.  IDATA conducted the study and collected data from June 2012 to February 2013 through interviews with nearly forty experts and professionals from selected countries (U.S., Canada, Germany, Spain, UK, Sweden, Netherlands).  The full report (in French) can be downloaded at:    The Ministry also published a short summary in English, available here

Here is the background information on the purpose of the study:

IDATE report on e-book lending in libraries
The transition from printed books to e-books fosters numerous questions regarding the future of the various players and sectors of the book industry. In that context, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (General Direction for Media and Cultural industries, Books and Reading Service) has sought to promote dialogue concerning the dissemination of e-books in
libraries, as well as obtain scenarios forecasting future direction and trends. To that end, the Ministry has procured analytical data about the situation in France and several other countries
(United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Netherlands) and ultimately commissioned a report on the topic to consulting company, IDATE.
The IDATE report was based on document analysis and nearly forty interviews with experts and professionals from the selected countries conducted between June 2012 and February 2013. The steering committee comprised librarians and publishers, along with representatives from the French Ministry`s Books and Reading Service.

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