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The E-book Puzzle

  1. 1. The E-book Puzzle<br />Ksenija Mincic-Obradovic<br />The University of Auckland Library<br />SLIS North, 17 August 2011<br />
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  3. 3. What is ane-book?<br /> <br />
  4. 4. A monograph available in electronic form<br />PC screen, PDA, stand alone reading device, tablet, mobile phone …<br />Available via link, or downloaded<br />PDF, EPUB, AZW (Kindle), TEI, text, XML…<br />
  5. 5. 2011 Aptara e-book publishers survey<br />Available from<br />
  6. 6. 2011 Aptara e-book publishers survey<br />Available from<br />
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  8. 8. Between Publishers and Library Needs<br /><br />
  9. 9. Various vendor business models and acquisition methods<br />Collections offered by vendors/publishers via various platforms:<br />subscription (e.g.ebrary) – ~80%<br />single purchase (e.g. netLibrary)<br />combination of these two (e.g. Safari)<br />patron driven acquisition (e.g. EBL) <br />Individual books from publishers<br />Free e-monographs (e.g. Law Commission publications, Project Gutenberg)<br />
  10. 10. Permanent access<br /><ul><li>Persistent URLs (particularly big problem with free e-books)
  11. 11. Preservation (LOCKSS, CLOCKSS)</li></ul>Controlled LOCKSS<br />Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe <br />
  12. 12. MARC records<br />Not all vendors and publishers provide MARC records<br />Libraries have MARC records for 72.5% of their e-books (Library use of ebooks, 2011 edition)<br />MARC updates are not timely<br />Quality of MARC records varies significantly<br />
  13. 13. Importance of library catalogues<br />AU SpringerLink usage <br />and MARC records:<br />2007 – Springer <br />2008 – Improved Springer<br />2009 – OCLC<br />
  14. 14. … and, a few more issues … <br />Communication<br />Vendors, publishers do not advise on ceased or superseded titles<br />No communication between publishers of free books and libraries<br />Some publishers do not see libraries as customers at all<br />Statistics of usage are provided only by some vendors/publishers, and in various ways<br />
  15. 15. Statistics of Usage<br />
  16. 16. How can we find out if e-books are worth it?<br />User surveys<br />Statistical data gathered locally from library systems<br />Statistical data provided by vendors and publishers<br />
  17. 17. When are e-books used?<br />AU netLibrary and ebrary usage since first purchased<br />
  18. 18. Are e-books used for reference or for reading?<br />AU Safari statistics of usage, 2004-2010<br />
  19. 19. Print or e? <br />AU ebrary site activity for 2010<br />
  20. 20. Most popular print/e-books at AU in Feb 2011 <br />
  21. 21. NetLibrary most popular titles at AU<br />
  22. 22. Opportunities for Libraries <br />
  23. 23. Libraries as publishers<br />Make available unique material<br />Digitisation as preservation<br />Early New Zealand Books, project done at the University of Auckland Library<br />
  24. 24. Offering new experience to librarians and library users<br />Full text searches – librarians can search collections more comprehensively and mine considerably more information than ever before<br />Customizability of text size and the ability to convert text to audio - for visually impaired <br />Hyperlinks – fast access to referenced material<br />Users can use library collections when and where they need <br />
  25. 25. PDA use by Healthcare Professionals in the USA<br />TerenaSolomons,Beam me up! Supporting PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) in medical libraries – new technology or just another format?<br />All doctors have PDAs with necessary literature<br />Libraries are responsible for collection development and management, loading PDAs, training, developing web pages. <br />
  26. 26. libraries<br />publishers/ vendors<br />users<br />technology<br /><br />
  27. 27. Thank you<br /><br />
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