In the 2008 Project Gutenberg Year in Review, it is reported that during 2008 they surpassed 32,000 original Project Gutenberg eBooks. “This now means that the original Project Gutenberg editions now list as many book titles as your average U.S. public library,” says Mike Cook. Additional statistics on the project can be found in the Year in Review.
According to a survey conducted in the UK by NetLibrary, most libraries do intend to increase the acquisition of eBooks in the coming years.
300 libraries responded
- 3/4 of academic libraries intend to increase eBook collections
- 1/2 of public libraries intend to increase eBook collections
- 85% of publics were interested in fiction eBooks
- 65% of publics were interested in building an audiobook collection
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AAP reports eBook sales jumped 77.8% to 5.1 million for September year to date. However, overall book sales decreased. Details of other categories below:
AAP Book Sales: Declines for September, Year-to-Date
In September, net sales decreased 2% to $1.062 billion for 80 publishers that reported to the Association of American Publishers. Net sales for the year through September have fallen 1.5% to $7.718 billion.
E-books jumped 77.8% to $5.1 million.
Children’s/YA hardcover increased 41.9% to $119.8 million.
Higher education rose 18.4% to $338.2 million.
Professional and scholarly edged up 6.8% to $60.5 million.
University press paperbacks gained 4.4% to $6.5 million.
Adult hardcover fell 29.8% to $173.3 million.
Children’s/YA paperback declined 19.1% to $51.5 million.
El-Hi dropped 17.6% to $325.1 million.
Audiobooks decreased 12.3% to $18.7 million.
Religious books fell 11.8% to $76.8 million.
Adult paperback decreased 8.6% to $134.7 million.
Adult mass market dropped 8.3% to $67.4 million.
University press hardcovers slid 3.6% to $6.3 million.
Here’s a snippet about the challenges, which I find interesting:
Challenges facing the industry
70 per cent of respondents may feel ready for the digital challenge, but industry professionals nevertheless recognised the need to work together to tackle certain issues. The following top four concerns will be discussed at length during this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair:
• copyright – 28 per cent – typical…
• digital rights management – 22 per cent – Oh, that nasty DRM
• standard format (such as epub) – 21 per cent – how about one platform while you’re at it
• retail price maintenance – 16 per cent – hopefully this will filter to library price maintenance too
JISC released a survey last week reporting the major concerns of library management (UK libraries).
Key findings included:
e-Resources/electronic content was cited most frequently as a key challenge facinglibraries and LRCs with issues including management, sharing, provision, access toand financial constraints. Others challenges included wider funding and financialissues (particularly within HE), and keeping up-to-date with new technologies andincorporating them into library/LRC services. Pressure on space was also mentionedcommonly by HE respondents. Press Release Full Report
E-resources and the E-environment were some of the top concerns. Here is a snippet from the survey:
For the next twelve months, the three concerns with the highest ratings were:
• Space and buildings (94%) • Funding and financial management (84%) • E-environment (84%)
An additional question in the 2008 survey attempted to get more detail on aspects of the e-environment. The two areas with the highest ratings were:
• Access Management (87%) • Provision of E-Resources (86%)
SCONUL 2008 Top Concerns Survey
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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