Yesterday I had a wonderful conversation with Cynthia Cleto, Global eProduct Manager for eBooks, Springer. We discussed the Springer content, business models, and results of some usage surveys they have done. IMHO, it’s very informative and touches on some interesting eBook issues like DRM and Interlibrary Loan. Yes, I did just mention eBooks and ILL in the same sentence!
This morning I “attended” the Springer webinar on eBook usage. It was very informative and obviously focused on Springer content, but it did confirm some of my suspicions about eBook usage. Here are some highlights:
They use COUNTER, as do most other eBook publishers/aggregators. COUNTER is incredibly detailed with usage stats….are you using yours to investigate usage and trends? why not?
2007 – over 25 million eBook chapter downloads, the numbers for 2008 thus far are higher. I’m seeing this in my eBook usage from various aggregators and publishers.
Handbooks had the highest number of downloads, textbooks were next in line, followed by reference works. Most of my eBook collection is reference, so that gets the highest use, but I do have a ton of Springer titles, and stats show my users are finding the handbooks and textbooks.
The older eBooks were still used a lot, older defined as 2005 and 2006.
Springer confirmed a couple of things from the ebrary student and faculty eBook surveys:
- students want more eBooks in their subject areas – yeah, who wouldn’t!
- faculty prefer electronic material over print
How do you drive usage to your eBooks? Discoverability is the key.
- Are you cataloging ALL of your eBook titles with MARC records in the catalog? The SuperBook Project from the University College of London confirmed that cataloged books get 2 times as much traffic as non-cataloged books. Makes sense to me.
- Do you have link resolvers in place to drive users from A & I services to the eBook titles?
- Are the eBooks you own indexed in google? According to Springer, 2/3 of their eBook visits came from google – that’s any part of google, not just scholar. Check with your publishers and aggregators to see if they allow google to index the eBook metadata or fulltext. And if they do….how are those users getting to the eBook via your library?
eBook usage internationally is big – I’m hearing this from most publishers. Springer compared eBook usage to eJournal usage. Internationally, Hong Kong and Munster had approximately 51% journal and 49% eBook usage but U.S. libraries had more of the 80/20 breakdown.
The webinar was hosted by Wouter vander Velde, eProduct Manager, eBooks, Springer
Wouter had a lovely powerpoint with the charts/stats available, but I haven’t heard from him if I can share that on the blog. If you would like to see it, you could probably email him.
The IDPF reported a 43% increase in U.S. trade wholesale ebooks from June 2007 to June 2008.
June 2008 Sales = 11.6 million – still a small portion of total book publishing, but the number keeps rising. That’s good news for we ebibliophiles!
Time to add that Kindle or Sony Reader to your holiday wish list!
For purchase – new report on ebook use by libraries.
Data in the report is based on a survey of 75 academic, public and special libraries. Data is broken out by library budget size, for US and non-US libraries and for academic and non-academic libraries. The report presents more than 300 tables of data on e-book use by libraries, as well as analysis and commentary. Librarians detail their plans on how they plan to develop their e-book collections, what they think of e-book readers and software, and which e-book aggregators and publishers appeal to them most and why
Other issues covered include: library production of e-books and collection digitization, e- book collection information literacy efforts, use of e-books in course reserves and inter- library loan, e-book pricing and inflation issues, acquisition sources and strategies for e- books and other issues of concern to libraries and book publishers.
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ebrary’s latest survey – Global Student ebook survey – is now available. Click here to register for viewing the results of nearly 6500 student perceptions of ebooks.
The International Digital Forum reported $33 million in eBook sales in 2007, a rise from $6 million in 2002. For more eBook statistics from the IDF, visit them online at: www.idpf.org
ACLS Humanities E-Book is conducting an experiment on the delivery of its online humanities titles. Since its inception, HEB has combined page-image books with XML books to create a seamless structure for searching and browsing within both technologies. HEB’s collection of over 1,700 books now includes over 1,600 books in the page-image format. We have created XML versions of 20 of these books andhave launched versions side-by-side online for comparison at _http://www.humanitiesebook.org/xml-backlist-exp.html_. Overall results will be made available in Fall 2008 and in a subsequent White Paper.
For more information on the experiment and survey please contact:
Eileen Gardiner, Ph.D. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ronald G. Musto, Ph.D. E-MAIL: email@example.com
Directors ACLS Humanities E-Book
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Visit our web site at http://www.HumanitiesEBook.org
From the Joint Information Systems Committee (UK). This is one of the largest studies known on eBooks.
What is it?
The national e-books observatory project will assess the impacts, observe behaviours and develop new models to stimulate the e-books market, and do all this in a managed environment.
More info and survey results available at: JISC http://www.jiscebooksproject.org/
check out the results of the deep log analysis study of student ebook usage
Kari Paulson, President of EBL, offered these statistics at the Charleston Conference last fall. I verified them with her today. The stats are from EBL. Kari collected these anecdotal stats to respond to the common question, is anyone using eBooks?
At EBL, in the month of October, 2007
The average patron spent 32 minutes reading online, per title (does not include browse time)
16% of the sessions lasted over one hour
17.5 pages were accessed per session
50/50 split between downloading the titles and using the online reader
She also looked at the overall usage of library accounts who used EBL in both October 2006, and October 2007. Usage grew 464%. Granted, the libraries added additional titles throughout the year, but the increase in usage is still amazing.
I wonder how many of the pages got printed