Everytime a book is not available in e-format is a chance to sell the patron the audiobook, which is probably available or has a MUCH shorter wait list. Most e-readers can play audio books.What’s next? Video? Magazines? Graphic Novels?CARs CARsCARs - Target Your Commuters! This is NJ after all—everyone is in a car or on a train or bus or subway or PATH. Audio works in ALL These locations….ebooks do not!
54% very important the themselves or their community. More likely to use library services themselves, to participate in library activities, and to say they would support expanded services.Focus Group Comments:
33% of readers surveyed now own an e-reading device (up 15%); while dedicated e-readers increased 9% to 19% and tablets increased 15% to 25%. E-reader sales have declined YOY and that is expected to continue (per WSJ). No reason to upgrade, and if upgrade, why not a tablet?So far in 2013, preliminary reports show e-reader device sales falling YOY, while Tablets continue to climb.
How do we convert patrons into users? Training for Staff / Training for Patrons / Increase Our Access / Targeted Outreach /
67% of the people surveyed by Pew said they would likely use stand alone download stations like Kiosks—of those, 33% said they were very likely.Commuters / Seniors / PARENTS
Last Year at this time, more said no than yes (or only said yes, but….). This year, everyone is at least wading into the water….Give the databases speech—we currently have a (tiny) voice, but the window will close (and might already be closing).
As of May 1 this year, all of the Big Six now allow e-books to be sold to libraries. Yes, there are still restrictions, but the publishers are beginning to understand, library’s purchase A LOT of books. So what’s changing? Follow the Money…
Source: PW May 15, 2013 report from Book Stats by the American Association of Publishers
Educational materials have been hit hard by the shift to digital--
E books are now about 20% of the total market for both adult and Children/YA
Self published e-books are making even a bigger spash in 2013—an average of 7% of the titles on the best seller list are self-published books ; PenguinHouse combined account for 40% of the best selling e-books in 2013; Harlequin has struggled to make it with digital, despite the enormous popularity of romance ebooks.Hachette 88 ; Random 87 ; Penguin 42 ; Dawson 22 ; MacMillan 18 – Amazon Publishing made 11 appearences, making it number 8 on the publisher power list…..
All have written several times that the choice to not sell e-books to libraries is short-sighted and a bad business practice. All site studies (no clear information as to what studies) showing library users buy books—always have.
Leave it Rupert to say nothing…and blame it on being in talks to spin it out…..
E books & nj libraries
An Overview of e-books and readingCynthia M. LamberteContent & Libraries: NJ and AccessMelissa BrisbinEmpowering Librarians to SupportOverdriveHeidi Schwab