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Presentation given by Terry O'Brien at IIUG Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland.

Presentation given by Terry O'Brien at IIUG Institute of Technology, Tralee, Ireland.
June 29th , 2011



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  • The eBook itself is evolving and what constitutes an eBook and what will constitute an eBook or a digital book in the next few yearsHorizon 2011 – compelling, transformative technology – near term horizon
  • Milestones
  • Mix of consumer context and specific acadmic library contextSome trends, forecasts and interesting figuresConsumer market – expectations, changesBlurring of lines between librarieseBook, eReader – “Tipping points”Fees at UK universities, 2 year degree, expectations, digital course materials, pre-loaded ipads and kindles
  • Retail closures, impending closures, new ways of doing business, adapt or dieCorner shops
  • Photography, gaming, tvWider pictureThis is being reflected in academic libraries too
  • Transformative technology
  • Other models – proquest short loans, eBrary usage triggered model for short term loans, only pay if usedEBSCO consolidations – less choice?New iPad books – see TEDSMART phones
  • AmazonHuge publishing deal.35% CommissionVampires and zombies
  • Not just Amazon figures look at wider figures in later slides
  • CounterbalanceIkea shelves
  • Not as versatile as books but better than a pc The book lives onKindle in library removes economic barrier – introduces new socio-economic groups (book buyers) are affluentReading now a social activity – TV ads socialisation of reading
  • You are buying a lifestyle, beautiful people, popularity, intelligence, good looksBut amazon has been brilliant in correcting the some of the issues and problems around previous versions of the Kindle
  • Kindle adoption rates are phenomenal Formats (epub) still an issue but will be embraced by amazon later this year
  • Content – magazines, newspapers all available on Kindle
  • Cost 111 UK, 139 €, 114 $ in april!!FACT!, not academic books or eTextbooksLot of criticism of how amazon presents data - Whether figures are skewed or not, represent exponential growth, a trend, prevalent changes to the marketNo sales – rent or lease!!Crunch the numberSo what!
  • Music, tv etc.
  • Albeit from a vey low base(3) Up 200% Feb 2010(4) For same period
  • Despite revenues being downInternet has increased book sales across categories
  • Categories
  • Mention Ireland – no longer a question of having, but of the model or how (what) users will accessAt moment pc is primary tool used, but smartphones etc. (reflected in catalogues) growing and public libraries have shown some demand for device lead borrowing (partic Sony readers)
  • Tablets 56% M, eReaders 55% F. Nooks popular will F in US because they are discrete, small, light, fit in a purse
  • Backlist List purchasingThe Cloud
  • Market share currently estimated at around 60-80%CIBER
  • Photography digital shiftGoogle 3m books – huge reach- eTextbooks +400% CourseSmartCRL (2011)Shrimplin at aApp – mobile and iPad – app allows for deep reading – ST – Turning point for digital literature (Faber – The Waste Land, TS Eliot)(but talk about coursesmart)
  • Demand
  • Distance learningPeople now less concerned with ownership more with access. Previously only way to access was by ownership. Access involves recurring cost and revenues!
  • OverwhelmingHarperCollins – placing limits on usage eBooks can only be loaned out 26 timesRemains major issue and barrier across all library typesWhat does ownership mean, concept changing for librariesPerpetuity, platform fees, subscription feesIf library ceases paying a platform fee do they lose rights of accessLicense versus ownership – danger of putting publishers in charge of preservationAmerican Library Association task force 2011In the bustle for market share and ‘ownership’, libraries are being squeezed
  • What we know about BEHAVIOURSpredictors of uptakePrint circulations have not really decreasedAcademic mainstream
  • What we know about USAGEMixed success
  • Please Nicholas carr!! Who believes that not only is Google making us stupid, but that reading from screens and skimming is turning our collective brains to mush! (The Shallows)DRM remians a source of frustration for studentsCalifornia 2011 (2,500 students)that many undergraduates complain that they have trouble "learning, retaining, and concentrating" when reading from screens.students prefer many of the low tech elements of print and paper“more research needed to better understand users interactions”, “students understand conventions of print books but (e.g. index) The most illuminating part of the survey came when respondents were asked to explain their preferences. The answers suggest that while students prefer e-books when they need to search through a book quickly to find a particular fact or passage, they prefer printed books for deep, attentive reading. "E-books divide my attention," said one undergraduate. "Paper ... keeps me focused and away from distractions that may arise from computer usage," said another. "I have some difficulty paying careful attention to long passages on my computer,” said another. "Reading on the computer makes it harder for me to understand the information," said another. Commented a graduate student: "I am a better reader when I have the print copy in front of me."
  • New models – may or may not need libraries. Overdrive – public libraries, Amazon
  • PonD – on campus and commerciallyChegg – renting print textbooksfor individ text similar to software + rental programs, print on demand across campusesProquest – eBrary, SciVerse , EBSCO
  • Implications – some for us to consider
  • Proprietary = ownershipNon-p = ePub

eBooks - Tipping Points and Milestones eBooks - Tipping Points and Milestones Presentation Transcript

  • eBooks – tipping points and milestones
    Terry O’Brien,
    Deputy Librarian,
    WIT Libraries.
    IIUG Tralee June 2011
  • “Without a doubt,
    the eBook is practically the
    biggest thing that’s hit the
    publishing industry since
    the invention of movable type”(Philip Ruppel, CEO McGraw-Hill, 2011)
    “inexorable rise of the eBook”
    (CIBER, UCL)
  • Increased fees
    Huge library cuts
    More for less
    Library supplier consolidation
    Reach of Amazon, Apple, Google
    The iPad and the App
    The Cloud
    Retail damage
  • 10m digital album sales this year already
    iPad sold 3m units in first 80 days
    Netflix 23.6m subscribers
    Q1 2011 – DVD sales down 20%
    Downloading, subscription etc. up 33%
    Rise in social media, streaming services
    Access not ownership
    Kindle, Sony Reader and Nook can now all borrow from libraries
    Digital content surge
  • “Device that will change the way readers read, writers write and publishers publish” (2008)
    eReaderis a game changer“paradigm shifting device”
    Sales of eBook and Kindle have reached a “tipping point” (Jeff Bezos, 2011)
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (Malcolm Gladwell, Little Brown, 2000)
    "the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point“
    “Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do.“
    “It's a book about change … a new way of understanding why change so often happens as quickly and as unexpectedly as it does”
  • More ‘e’ than ‘p’
  • Mainstream but not ubiquitous
    More than ½ “best-selling” eBooks are free, many cost $0.99, many are erotica
    Library books can now be downloaded (US)
    4% m-on-m increase in available titles
    What it means to read, new kinds of reading experiences
    NY Times (2010)
    “yes, people read but now its social”
    Lending clubs
    Suited to pure text - fiction, rather than eTextbooks, iPad might address this
    Amazon & Kindle
  • Kindle
  • “Kindle eco-system expansion”
    eReaders “increase propensity to buy books and content .. due to convenience, cost, 24/7”
    Kindle revenues
    Kindle growth (Carris & Co. Analysts, 2011)
  • Amazon does not disclose metrics
    Sales relates to volume not revenue
    Includes Kindle books not read on Kindle devices
    Only 30% of Amazon book sales are in eBook across all categories
    Even free books get a receipt on Amazon, but are no longer counted in sales figures
    eBooks are cheaper for the consumer
    Kindle figures include sales of print books where no Kindle editions are available
    Amazon skepticism
  • Bloomsbury Publishers
    “demand is for digital delivery, rendering traditional relationships irrelevant”
    UK figures
  • Penguin eBook revenues up 182% this year, 6% of global revenues
    Hachette UK eBook sales quadrupled Q1 2011
    70% of digital sales were from academic and professional sales in 2010 but consumer drive has widened audiences
    UK Amazon store selling Kindle books at ratio
    2-1 hbks since 2011
    Bookseller (UK) by 2015 50% ‘parity then plateau’
    UK Publishers Association - £180m in 2010
    eBooks subject to VAT
    German market now at a tipping point
    UK figures – exponential growth
  • Association of American Publishers
  • ALA – ¾ public libraries offer eBooks
    5% of American adults own some form of eBook reader – Pew Internet estimates this will rise to 12% this summer
    eBooks fastest segment of borrowed items categories
    New York public library – highest circulating eBook library in USA - loans up 36%
    Most checkouts take place on weekends
    eReaders download more books than book buyers buy
    American Library Association
  • Most popular eBooks
    Romance, mystery, crime most popular genres
    Short, quick reads, part of series, read in succession, multiple buys
    Amazon customers buy 3.3 times as many books after buying a Kindle
    Seasonal buying patterns, post holiday loading
    Backlist purchasing and series purchasing popular
    Children’s print books remain very strong
    Men more likely to buy tablets, women more likely to buy eReaders (Forrester Research (2011)
    eBook trends
  • eBook trends that may change publishing?
    Bundled books
    Social reading
    eBook clubs
    e-first publishing
    Free e-readers – incentivisation
    Open access eBooks
    Monetization experiments – in book advertising, sponsored links etc.
    Enhanced eBooks coming and will only get better
    The device war is nearly over
    The $9.99 model won’t last
    Publishers will remain important despite self-publishing
    “Contextual upsell” a business model to watch
    Philip Ruppel, McGraw-Hill
    Michael Hyatt, Thomas Nelson
  • Digital Book World Conference predict eBooks will reach parity with print in 2014
    Goldman Sachs est. 13% of all book sales will be eBook format by 2015, representing over £3 billion
    Amazon share of eBook cake will fall by 50% over next 5 years as Google and Apple eat into market.
    “By 2017 eBook will be the default format for textbooks, scholarly books and reference works”
    Highwire Librarian survey (2009) –
    50% of all acquisitions will be eBook by 2015
    A mere 10% of new titles will be available in print alone by 2020 (BL)
    Next few years ...
  • Kindle iPad app has increased eBook sales
    The app - huge impact on digital literature
    Google Books – “reading unbound”
    mass digitization project
    British Library / Google project
    Apple iBooks
    Vertical Integration – Amazon opening a publishing division, controlling all parts of the chain
    eTextbooks yet to take off – delayed adoption
    Device convergence could shorten eReaders' lifespan
    Significant developments
  • “the next five years will see an explosion of the
    eReader textbook market, and in 10 years, the market will be driven by businesses going green in
    government, education, health and other sectors”
    Forrester Research
  • Demand drivers
  • Age and gender important
    Undergrads and academic staff
    Appeals to digital consumers who prefer bite size chunks of information (CIBER)
    Men greater users, business students more likely to use
    eBooks are not read sequentially “dipping” for ‘use’ (specific) more than ‘read’ (cover to cover)
    Convenience factor
    Confusion about formats
    Log analysis shows power browsing, quick usage
    Skimming is endemic
    User behaviours in academic libraries
  • eBooks – academic libraries
  • “eTextbooks flunk early test” (2011)
    ‘2010 survey - students not warming to eBooks’
    “eBooks only an important research tool for 13% of 3,000 respondents”
    ‘students continue to prefer printed books to e-books’
    UCL 2011
    “students still refer print when it comes to using, reading, absorbing” (Roy,2009)
    “Why aren’t eBooks gaining more ground in academic libraries”
    (Slater, JWebLib, 2010)
    “Kindles yet to woo university users”
    “not knowing how or where to find big factor in lack of usage”
    “students .. unclear about structure and functionality of eBooks”(Berget, JAL, 2010)
  • Some possibilities - where do we fit in?
  • “A university (or an IoT ...)is just a group ofbuildings gathered around a library”Shelby FooteThank you!
    Terry O’Brien
    Deputy Librarian, WIT.