Library Journal/School Library Journal conducted the 6th annual survey of public libraries regarding ebooks. The 2015 report is available for download here. The report is made available courtesy of Freading. Registration is required.
From the executive summary: ” If it appears from the current survey (based on 317 U.S. public libraries responding) that much of the enthusiasm for ebooks has cooled, it is only because they have become less of a novelty and more mainstream.”
“Ebook pricing is too high” is the most common complaint from public librarians about ebooks.
Here’s a page snip showing the number of public libraries offering ebooks over the last 6 reports:
OverDrive conducted an end user survey from June 26-July 15, 2015. Administered via library websites, the survey collected input from 16,756 respondents. Their full report examines the positive effect the shift to digital content has had on the role of libraries in their communities by helping attract new readers, serve existing patrons better and reach beyond their physical walls.
NASHVILLE, TN – Ingram Library Services Inc., an Ingram Content Group Inc. company, expands the services it provides libraries with the addition of timely analytics and data powered by Above the Treeline’s Edelweiss Analytics, a web-based, interactive collection analysis tool. It gives libraries access to the most accurate and up-to-date information available on library circulation, retail sales data, title data and much more. Continue reading Ingram offers new Edelweiss Analytics tool→
A new report from SRI Education evaluates Gates Foundation’s investments in digital courseware over the last five years. Executive Summary available. Abstract below. Report offers lessons learned, gaps in knowledge base data, and nine recommendations for future courseware investments.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success initiative seeks to understand what is required for technology applications to produce positive student impacts at scale. SRI analyzed the features of 137 different courses from 12 major postsecondary courseware-related projects and performed a quantitative meta-analysis of student outcomes to estimate the impact of digital courseware on student learning. Follow-up analyses examined the design features, conditions, and practices associated with differences in student outcomes. A conceptual framework relating evaluation approaches to stages of learning technology investment is provided.
CLEVELAND—January 8, 2015—Capitalizing on the latest advances in eBook technology and popular catalog availability, public libraries saw digital checkouts rise again to record levels in 2014. OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading eBook and audiobook platform for libraries and schools, announced today that circulation of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media increased 33% in 2014 to 137 million checkouts, while web traffic and discoverability similarly increased, especially on mobile devices.
We’re excited to announce that 2014’s “1 Million Checkout Club” includes 10 public library systems, surpassing the six lirbaries that accomplished this feat in 2013! Checkouts include all borrowed digital items including eBooks, audiobooks, music, streaming video and periodicals from the library’s OverDrive-powered collection and each of the libraries experienced significant year-over-year growth from 2013.
The following libraries have joined the 2014 Million Digital Checkouts Club:
Publishing Technology released a report earlier this month about trends in mobile phone ebook reading. An infographic, slides of a presentation, and full report are all available using the link above.
The survey, consisting of 3,000 consumers from the US and UK, concluded that:
43% have read an e-book, or part of an e-book, on their handsets
66% of mobile phone book readers currently read more on their phones than they did last year
Publishing Technology explored the subject of mobile phone book reading by surveying consumers in the US and UK to better understand their habits and preferences. They unveiled the results and key trends from the study over the course of the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair. The Publishing Technology blog, Content Forward, also includes study results for mobile devices and a variety of other topics.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new report released today from the Aspen Institute looks at how – in an age of instant and abundant information – U.S. public libraries can drive community advancements unlike any other public institution.
“Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” explores how public libraries can respond as the digital age increases the demand for high-speed information access, changes in our education systems, innovative job training models and additional community services to help people and communities compete in the new economy. The report is part of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The multiyear dialogue brings library professionals, policymakers, technology experts, philanthropists, educators and civic leaders together to explore the future of public libraries. Continue reading “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” new report from Aspen Institute→
RedShelf is a leading supplier of digital learning materials, dedicated to providing paramount technology to the learning community in order to accelerate the transition to digital. In collaboration with strategic partners, publishers, institutional bookstores, and other content creators. RedShelf streamlines the discovery and distribution of eBooks and other digital course materials for today’s students. Utilizing a seamless browser-based eReader solution along with a powerful eCommerce engine, RedShelf provides easily accessible and cost-effective learning materials to learners everywhere. Continue reading eTextbooks have high satisfaction rate says RedShelf survey→
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