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  • 1. The E-book Puzzle
    Ksenija Mincic-Obradovic
    The University of Auckland Library
    SLIS North, 17 August 2011
  • 2.
  • 3. What is ane-book?
  • 4. A monograph available in electronic form
    PC screen, PDA, stand alone reading device, tablet, mobile phone …
    Available via link, or downloaded
    PDF, EPUB, AZW (Kindle), TEI, text, XML…
  • 5. 2011 Aptara e-book publishers survey
    Available from
  • 6. 2011 Aptara e-book publishers survey
    Available from
  • 7.
  • 8. Between Publishers and Library Needs
  • 9. Various vendor business models and acquisition methods
    Collections offered by vendors/publishers via various platforms:
    subscription (e.g.ebrary) – ~80%
    single purchase (e.g. netLibrary)
    combination of these two (e.g. Safari)
    patron driven acquisition (e.g. EBL)
    Individual books from publishers
    Free e-monographs (e.g. Law Commission publications, Project Gutenberg)
  • 10. Permanent access
    • Persistent URLs (particularly big problem with free e-books)
    • 11. Preservation (LOCKSS, CLOCKSS)
    Controlled LOCKSS
    Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe
  • 12. MARC records
    Not all vendors and publishers provide MARC records
    Libraries have MARC records for 72.5% of their e-books (Library use of ebooks, 2011 edition)
    MARC updates are not timely
    Quality of MARC records varies significantly
  • 13. Importance of library catalogues
    AU SpringerLink usage
    and MARC records:
    2007 – Springer
    2008 – Improved Springer
    2009 – OCLC
  • 14. … and, a few more issues …
    Vendors, publishers do not advise on ceased or superseded titles
    No communication between publishers of free books and libraries
    Some publishers do not see libraries as customers at all
    Statistics of usage are provided only by some vendors/publishers, and in various ways
  • 15. Statistics of Usage
  • 16. How can we find out if e-books are worth it?
    User surveys
    Statistical data gathered locally from library systems
    Statistical data provided by vendors and publishers
  • 17. When are e-books used?
    AU netLibrary and ebrary usage since first purchased
  • 18. Are e-books used for reference or for reading?
    AU Safari statistics of usage, 2004-2010
  • 19. Print or e?
    AU ebrary site activity for 2010
  • 20. Most popular print/e-books at AU in Feb 2011
  • 21. NetLibrary most popular titles at AU
  • 22. Opportunities for Libraries
  • 23. Libraries as publishers
    Make available unique material
    Digitisation as preservation
    Early New Zealand Books, project done at the University of Auckland Library
  • 24. Offering new experience to librarians and library users
    Full text searches – librarians can search collections more comprehensively and mine considerably more information than ever before
    Customizability of text size and the ability to convert text to audio - for visually impaired
    Hyperlinks – fast access to referenced material
    Users can use library collections when and where they need
  • 25. PDA use by Healthcare Professionals in the USA
    TerenaSolomons,Beam me up! Supporting PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) in medical libraries – new technology or just another format?
    All doctors have PDAs with necessary literature
    Libraries are responsible for collection development and management, loading PDAs, training, developing web pages.
  • 26. libraries
    publishers/ vendors
  • 27. Thank you