Mobile Access to E-Books at Yale

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Presented at 2009 LITA National Forum, 10/2009 …

Presented at 2009 LITA National Forum, 10/2009

Reports findings from my study on mobile access to licensed e-book collections at the Yale University Library. Four readers were tested: Amazon Kindle 2.0, Apple iPod Touch, Sony Reader PRS-500, iRex iLiad 2nd edition. The Apple iPod Touch (& iPhone) was the only mobile device that could directly access licensed e-books.

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  • 1. Mobile Access to E-Books at Yale
    Lisa Carlucci Thomas
    Digital Collections Librarian
    Yale University
    2009 LITA National Forum
    Salt Lake City, UT
  • 2. In 4 years,
    Yale’s e-books
    increased more
    than 110%
    E-Books at Yale: 2005-2009
    2005: ~475,000 titles
    2009: ~1,000,000+ titles
  • 3. E-Books Everywhere: Now
  • 4. Mobile Access to E-Books at Yale
    What percentage of e-book collections can be accessed using mobile devices?
    Four devices tested:
    • Amazon Kindle 2.0
    • 5. Sony Reader PRS-500
    • 6. iRexiLiad 2nd edition
    • 7. Apple iPod Touch
  • Amazon Kindle 2.0
    Kindle 2.0
    Kindle 1.0
  • 8. Sony Reader PRS-500
  • 9. iRex iLiad 2nd edition
  • 10. Apple iPod Touch
    iPod Touch
  • 11. Resources Tested
    History Reference Online
    Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts
    Blackwell Reference Online
    Books24x7 ITPro Collection
    Cambridge Histories Online
    Literature Online
    Perseus Project
    ENGnetBASE: Engineering Handbooks Online
    Eighteenth Century Collections Online
    ACLS Humanities E-Book
    Madame Curie Bioscience Database
    Medieval Sources Online
    NetLibrary (OCLC)
    Oxford Reference Online
    Past Masters
    Safari Books Online
    Early English Books Online, 1475-1700
    Methods in Enzymology
    Springer Protocols
    World Bank e-Library
  • 12. Testing
    Could you access e-book using device?
    Could you use an additional method to access Yale licensed e-books on the device (for instance: bookmark, email, download, copy, or other)?
    What was the format type?
    Rate ability to access using following scale:
    1. Able to access, but unreadable, unusable
    2. Able to access, may be readable, difficult to view or navigate
    3. Able to access, fairly readable, content viewable
    4. Able to access, overall readable, sized to fit screen and can navigate without difficulty
    5. Able to access, very readable, very easy to view content and navigate
  • 13. Findings
  • 14. Summary
    Apple iPod Touch
    Could access 84% of Yale’s e-book collections
    Amazon Kindle 2.0, Sony Reader PRS-500, and iRexiLiad 2nd edition
    Could access 24% of Yale’s e-book collections
  • 15. Conclusion
    This is just the beginning…
  • 16. Thank You
    Mobile Access to E-Books at Yale
    Lisa Carlucci Thomas
    Digital Collections Librarian
    Yale University
  • 17. References
    Slide 2: image ‘stack’ @
    Slide 3: Chronicle of Higher Education
    Slide 5: image ‘side by side’ @
    Slide 6: image ‘sony reader’ @
    Slide 6: image 'Librarians are way sexier than DRM'd ebook+readers' @
    Slide 7: photo by Lisa Carlucci Thomas
    Slide 7: image: 'iRex iLiad tekstiä‘
    Slide 8: image ‘IPHONE IPOD TOUCH 2G’
    Slide 15: photo by Lisa Carlucci Thomas