The April 1, 2009 “Off The Shelf” column features an article on E-book usage data. The article surveyed 10 e-book vendors and aggregators for information on their usage data. A comparative chart accompanies the article, which is only available online, on the NSR articles page.
7 vendors replied to the survey, 1 couldn’t participate due to usage data restructuring, and 2 did not reply. The 2 no replies serve primarily the public and school library markets, so this usage chart is heavy on academic providers.
The current NSR poll asks, “is your institution using patron driven acquisition to purchase eBooks.” PDA is a business model, offered by (currently) 3 ebook aggregators – NetLibrary, EBL, and Ingram Digital. In this model, patrons determine which eBooks are purchased based on the eBooks they use. There are many variations to PDA, but each variation does allow for librarians to pre-select groups of titles to choose from, establish budgets, and put controls in place to monitor usage and purchases.
Those of you interested in learning more about Follett and Overdrive should take a look at the recent Off The Shelf column in Booklist Online - E-book Distributors for the Public and School Library Markets. The article provides an overview of the content, features, and business models of both of these distributors.
NetLibrary, due to it’s recent transformation, has a feature article in the Nov. 1, 2008 Booklist issue (and Booklist Online)
Academic aggregators - ebrary, EBL, and Myilibrary – were featured back in May, 2008.
All articles are linked from No Shelf Required, just check out the articles link.
Check out the new Off The Shelf Column in Booklist, June 1, 2008. This is a preview to the ALA Program with the same title. Don’t miss it, Anaheim Convention Center, 204B, Monday, June 30th, 10:30 – 12:00.
The latest Off The Shelf column in Booklist discusses eBook aggregators and gives details on 3 of the larger ones – EBL, ebrary, and MyiLibrary. Have a look. Your comments are welcome here on the blog.