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ALA NISO-BISG Forum - Andrew Albanese


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This presentation was provided by Andrew Albanese of Publishers Weekly during the NISO-BISG Forum held on Friday, June 24, at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL

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ALA NISO-BISG Forum - Andrew Albanese

  1. 1. Let’s Play Our Game!
  2. 2. Andrew Richard Albanese Senior Writer and Features Editor at Publishers Weekly
  3. 3. BISG/ALA Findings  Survey jointly prepared by ALA and BISG  44 questions  2,000 public library patron respondents  Survey fielded by Nielsen Book  Conducted entirely online (all respondents are internet users) 3
  4. 4. Publishers Weekly Poll • Not a scientific survey • Conducted over two weeks at the end of May, 20126, online, and in person at the PW-sponsored Librarians Lounge at BEA • Featured write-in comments • 190 Librarians participated, answering some or all of the questions. • Includes libraries of all sizes, and good regional representation
  5. 5. When choosing where to acquire a book, the public library is the first source that comes to mind.
  6. 6. 99% of patrons had visited their public library in person within the past year. 63% visited their library online.
  7. 7. Many survey respondents are e-book readers, but most still prefer print formats.
  8. 8. Most survey respondents were aware of e-book offerings at their local public library.
  9. 9. E-book borrowing, however, remains somewhat limited.  Only 23% of those surveyed said they had borrowed an e-book from a public library at any time.  PW poll: 30% of respondents said less than 5% of patrons check out e-books; 32% put that between 5-10%
  10. 10. For what reasons do you typically visit a public library? 12 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% Attending events Reading newspapers/magazines Accessing research materials Computer/WiFi access Borrowing print books
  11. 11. E-Book Readers  Only 7% read exclusively e-books and no print books  22% also listen to digital audiobooks  43% prefer to read e-books on a tablet  Most likely to choose digital formats for adult fiction/non-fiction; least likely for children’s books
  13. 13. E-Book Genres 18 Top Five: Mystery/thriller Science fiction/fantasy Literary fiction Biography/ autobiography Romance Bottom Five: Travel Religion Cookbooks Education/professional development Language
  14. 14. Get the Full Results  PDF report published November 2015  Writing and editorial content by Jim Milliot (Publishers Weekly)  Complete demographic breakdowns, including gender, age, and geography  Member pricing: full report: $99; executive summary: FREE  Order online at 20
  15. 15. TREND: E-Book Sales Are Down • “E-Books market share peaked at 24% in the first quarter of 2014, but has not topped 20% since the second quarter of that year.” –Jim Milliot (PW, 1/04/16) • No uptick in January e-book sales in 2015, suggests “saturation” in terms of devices. • After limping across the finish line in 2014, (up 1% ) annual trade e-book sales are on pace to finish down for the first time since the Kindle era began. • Publishers say they not concerned. But, they are definitely keeping an eye on things.
  16. 16.  Overdrive reported that in 2015 total e-book circulation was up 19% over 2014.  33 library systems circulated 1 million or more e-books in 2015  Growth to be expected, as catalogs expanded, more libraries served, and indies like Norton joined.  Libraries still on upswing, but are they also trending down? OverDrive’s e-book circultation was up 33% in 2014; 46% in 2013. E-Books Slowing in Libraries, Too?
  17. 17. Print: Not Dead Yet!  Print Is Back and It's Trouncing E-Book Sales (Gizmodo, Sept. 15)  The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead  (New York Times, Sept. 22)  Print sales for the year are up about 2.4%.  Image from 2010 Slate article titled Bold Prediction: Why e-books will never replace real
  18. 18. • Dangerous time: basic achieved, but do not become complacent. • May be a quiet period, but vital you stay engaged. • It’s not all about publishers. Are you getting everything out of your vendors? • Publishers need your feedback. • You are the closest thing the public has to a voice in the room as the digital future is hashed out.
  19. 19. You Can’t Win, If you Don’t Play: Participate. Share. Discuss. Repeat.