Ebook Backlists & the library market AAUP 2013


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  • Publication dates of subscribed collections mirror the full collectionsEbsco has many more books from the 80s & 90sWhen we take a closer look at the most recent decade…
  • The data presented on this slide argue STRONGLY for subscribing to BOTH collections, given the differentiation presented in the previous slidesInstead of a 10 or 20 year period of subscription matching the purchase price, it would take 300(!) years of subscription costs to own the same contentFurthermore and perhaps equally important(!) books in the subscribed collections have unlimited simultaneous use, while purchased books from these two vendors are limited to a single simultaneous user (unless a premium is paid for each book)
  • Would they buy more if there was less DRM?
  • But of course they represent only a tiny portion of what is available in the overall marketplaceJSTOR offerings are just becoming available as we speak
  • Each color slice shows the proportion of collection by decade or century*from hathitrust.org website [http://www.hathitrust.org/visualizations_dates]
  • Caveat – this only reflects relative size -- its not book to book matching as in prior comparisons…that’s a next step
  • Not a fan of 3d graphs, except in this case where the EBAM is effectively carpet on the floor that wouldn’t be visible if you looked at it end on.Although some currently question the value of our owned print collections, potential future subscription models from Hathi or Google (should copyright and royalty issues prove to be solvable) would definitely call into question the value of ownership of aggregator hosted ebooks that are subsumed within them
  • Ebook Backlists & the library market AAUP 2013

    1. 1. Backlist Ebooks &the Library MarketOne librarian’s perspectiveJason Price, PhDInterim Library Director / ConsultantClaremont Colleges Library / SCELCAAUP Boston June 21 2013
    2. 2. What do librarians think aboutbacklist ebooks?“I don’t have a budget for those, heck I don’thave a budget for new ones!”“I’m happy to buy them on request ordemand, but don’t want to purchase until wehave a demonstrated need”“I don’t like packages, can I pick & choose?”“If they’re in collections, they’d better becheap!”
    3. 3. Backfile income from libraries…Opportunity1. Ebook aggregatorbackfile subscriptions2. Publisher-hostedbackfile packages3. “Out of print” DDAloans & purchasesChallenge1. Little income? Competesw/ DDA?2. Requires deep discounts ora new model1. Long term availability forDDA purchase
    4. 4. 1) Aggregator backfile subscriptionsExcerpt from Price & Mcdonald 2012, http://goo.gl/KsVO1
    5. 5. Subscription cost less than a penny onthe dollar per year!Subscribable Ebrary Ebooks = 77,482purchase price $5,670,776 (single-user price)≤ $3.75/FTE… so for 5000 fte = $18750/year% of list price per year = 0.33% (multi-user price)Years to buy = 300+ years!Ebsco subscription pricing is similar…Q.E.D. Libraries investing in aggregator ebooksshould subscribe to both packages and avoid buyingindividual books that are (or will be!) available bysubscription…
    6. 6. 2) Publisher-hosted backfile collectionsBenefits of DRM-free contentoutweighed by aversion to collectionsSolution 1: Dime on the dollarpricing (or less)!Solution 2: Evidence-based custom collectionsEBASS 25 Youtube VideoOutstanding 10 minute intro to all things PDAhttp://bit.ly/ebassPDA
    7. 7. Disruptive TechnologyDisturbingly Disruptive AcquisitionEbook PDA and DDA ->Predictability-Destroying Acquisition3) DDA Rentals and Purchases
    8. 8. Solution: Partner with bookagents, aggregators & librariesto extend DDA availability ofuniversity press content3) DDA Rentals and Purchases
    9. 9. Hathi Trust & Google booksPutting the Ebook AggregatorMarketplace into stark perspectiveExcerpt from Price & Mcdonald 2012, http://goo.gl/KsVO1
    10. 10. Hathi Bythe decade1990-99n = 785,7581960-69n = 624,8451970-79n = 722,6971980-89n = 823,151
    11. 11. EbookMarketplaceis only 1/3 aslarge asHathi for2000-09books
    12. 12. Google books casts an even longer shadow
    13. 13. http://visualcv.com/lpq4t1s
    14. 14. Questions for later discussion?Q: Will libraries replace their print bookholdings with ebook versions?A: Not for quite a while… (Journals 1st)Q: Why do we need e-backlists since librariescan scan print & post on courseware?A: only covers 10% of a book - SIPXQ: Won’t Hathi & Google provide this service /swoop in?A: Hathi – No. Google – maybe.