Ellyssa Kroski, Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute and the blogger for OEDb’s iLibrarian, as well as a writer, educator, and international conference speaker, developed this list of 68 essential resources about eBooks in libraries. Ellyssa has organized the list into several broad categories including: general, devices, blogs, purchasing, creating, and more.
68 Essential Resources for eBooks in Libraries
eBooks are a constant topic in library news today. If you’re just getting caught up or striving to keep current, here are 68 resources that will put you in-the-know and help you make an informed decision about implementing eBooks in your library. Continue reading
I came across this wonderful PDF from ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) showing the availability of Big Six (soon to be Big Five) ebook titles to libraries. Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster are included. It highlights the amount of content available for purchase, license/use terms, and the vendor platforms where content is available. Robert C. Maier is maintaining the document and his last update was May 15, 2013, so the information is pretty up-to-date. Robert based his chart on one started at Library Journal earlier this year. He welcomes comments via email at robert_maier[at]comcast.net
Thanks, Robert, for maintaining this information.
Robert Miller, Global Director of eBooks for the Internet Archive, sent this email to IA sponsors, partners, and content contributors. It has some really interesting facts, figures, and updates from the IA and Robert was kind enough to let me repost it here on NSR in full. I have highlighted some of those remarkable facts and figures in bold below.
Dear Archive Sponsors, Content Contributors and Partners,
We are at the mid-year point in 2013. I wanted to share with you some “news you can use” about several milestones we will soon be reaching, a few changes in our pricing structure and plans for the remainder of the year. Please feel free to distribute this email to the appropriate people on your teams or the libraries you represent.
First, thank you for your continued support of the Internet Archive. We, together, have collectively built the largest, free, public digital lending library in the world. Yippee to all of us!
As you might remember, our original funding for the Internet Archive digitization program came in the form of a generous grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in 2004. This one-time grant was never meant to be ongoing, but was to allow for the development of a low cost, high quality digitization program to be used by libraries to complement, enhance or replace their own internal efforts. In short, it was to be a backbone infrastructure service and resource to help libraries move quickly and decisively into eBooks, both in terms of access and preservation. Continue reading
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: http://bit.ly/ZMlVLE. The Ministry also published a short summary in English, available here. Continue reading
I finally had time to read this very interesting article in the Huffington Post written by Mark Coker about the Smashwords study conducted to analyze self-published book sales data. Coker highlights seven key findings from the study and includes his slides from a presentation at the RT Booklovers Convention earlier this year. It’s worth a read if you are interested in self-publishing.
The seven key findings include:
- Ebook Sales Conform to a Power Curve
- Viva Long Form Reading: Longer Books Sell Better
- Shorter Book Titles Appear to Have Slight Sales Advantage
- How Indie Authors are Pricing Their Books: $2.99 is the Most Common Price Point
- How Price Impacts Unit Sales Volume: Lower Priced Books (usually) Sell More Copies
- The Yield Graph: Is $3.99 the New $2.99?
- A Closer Look at the Yield Graph Reveals Why Indie Ebook Authors Have a Competitive Advantage over Traditionally Published Authors
For those interested in self publishing, Coker offers a free ebook, The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success.
April 8, 2013, Boston, Oxford – Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, today announced that the results of an information literacy survey of over 1,500 students from more than 400 institutions worldwide are now freely available. Anyone may register for a free copy, along with a paper authored by Dr. Allen McKiel, Dean of Library Services at Western Oregon University at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Survey_Results. Additionally, Credo will be unveiling results at ACRL during a breakfast discussion on 11 April 2013.
Springer has released a White Paper on ebook use and attitudes. The study was conducted at Wellesley College. Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries co-authored the white paper.
More information, including key findings and links to the full paper, is below:
A new white paper from Springer examines eBook adoption at an undergraduate institution
Conventional wisdom holds that the availability of eBooks and their inherent utility – full text searchability, ease of access, etc. – are what drive use and acceptance. But are these the only factors behind the rate of adoption of eBooks at undergraduate universities? A new Springer white paper by Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries, draws on past studies and a new survey of users at Wellesley College to uncover some interesting insights for undergraduate librarians and institutions. The white paper is available both online, and will be distributed at this year’s Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER & L) Conference in Austin, TX. Continue reading
Credo Survey Suggests Students Lack Basic Information Skills Critical for Academic and Workforce Success
Survey finds 37% of students do not feel adequately prepared to start research
More information from the press release below. Note the opportunity to attend an event at ACRL relating to the study as well as receive the full text of the study. Links are below.
March 5, 2013, Boston, Oxford – A survey developed by librarians and sponsored by Credo found that many college students falsely perceive their level of information literacy. The data collected suggests that while students display an understanding of information skills, they are not successful at the next step —application of the skill. These information skills are critical to success in the classroom, but they also extend beyond campus to prepare students for success on the job and in everyday life. Continue reading
Scholastic recently released a new study on kid’s reading in the digital age. The study found that kids reading of ebooks has nearly doubled since 2010. Full details are on the Scholastic site or you can download the full report with appendices here.
Below are some highlights of the study from the Scholastic site:
Kids, Families, and eBooks
- The percent of children who have read an ebook has almost doubled since 2010 (25% vs. 46%).
- Among children who have read an ebook, one in five says he/she is reading more books for fun; boys are more likely to agree than girls (26% vs. 16%). Continue reading
Against the Grain is conducting a survey of librarians’ personal and professional eBook usage. The following survey is 24 questions long, and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
Feel free to share this link with other librarians who may be interested in participating.
We appreciate your time and thank you for your participation! Please contact Leah Hinds if you have any questions or comments.
Editor, Against the Grain