Tipping point or whipping post?   eBooks in NUI Maynooth,       the story so far...2013 LAI/CILIP Ireland Joint Conference...
The space we’re in         • Global tipping points         • Growth of usage         • Formats         • DRM         • Dev...
It’s easy to get carried away..“By the turn of the century, paper will satisfy less       than 5 percent of the total comm...
…but havent we reached tipping            point?
Tipping point - supply       • 2013: Amazon and Apple         patenting the ‘digital bazaar’       • Greater availability ...
Tipping point - demand       • Ebook usage leads to more         reading       • Seasonal peaks       • Consumers not put ...
Whipping post - supply       •   Multiplicity of providers       •   Reluctance to adapt?       •   ‘Big seven’       •   ...
Whipping post - formats        •   EPUB    • AZW        •   HTML    • BBeB        •   .djvu   • iBook        •   .lit     ...
The NUI Maynooth experience
Tipping point• c390,000 electronic  books available• Full text electronic  journals currently  number 49,168• c425,000 pri...
Whipping post•   Providers•   Formats•   Licences•   Resource limitations
Licences“X reserves the right to introduce        appropriate technical   protection measure to control      access and/or...
Unsustainable  “When it comes to eBooks, we cannot give them    what they want, not really, we cannot give them    books f...
So, why make it even more complex?
WHY WE DID IT• Tipping point• Proof of concept?• Because we could / should?
Isn’t it what they want?
HOW WE DID IT (1)
HOW WE DID IT (2)         [NUTS AND BOLTS]• 10 kindles for general, 10 for English• Library Staff usage• Free general book...
HOW IT WENT•   c100 titles uploaded•   Time consuming•   Licensing restrictions•   Security restrictions•   Strong marketi...
DID IT WORK?• Validated our communication model• 90% ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’• 94% would borrow again• Repeat and i...
So, everyone is happy?• Rapid pace of change• Changing user needs• Expectations
Future?
(Some) References:•   http://www.infodocket.com/2012/06/22/pew-internet-releases-new-report-libraries-    patrons-and-e-bo...
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  1. 1. Tipping point or whipping post? eBooks in NUI Maynooth, the story so far...2013 LAI/CILIP Ireland Joint Conference and Exhibition11th AprilHugh Murphy,Senior Librarian, Collection Management Serviceshugh.murphy@nuim.ie
  2. 2. The space we’re in • Global tipping points • Growth of usage • Formats • DRM • Devices
  3. 3. It’s easy to get carried away..“By the turn of the century, paper will satisfy less than 5 percent of the total commerce in information. Although education and entertainment have their own migratory paths and rates, the objective will be the same: paper is going to be replaced with electronic media”(Kounta, J. (1992). Tomorrow’s libraries: More than a modular telephone jack, less than a complete revolution - Perspectives of a provocateur. Library Hi-Tech, 10(4), 39-50. 1992, p. 39)
  4. 4. …but havent we reached tipping point?
  5. 5. Tipping point - supply • 2013: Amazon and Apple patenting the ‘digital bazaar’ • Greater availability of eBooks • Adoption of eBook model by publishers (academic) • E-readers
  6. 6. Tipping point - demand • Ebook usage leads to more reading • Seasonal peaks • Consumers not put off by issues?
  7. 7. Whipping post - supply • Multiplicity of providers • Reluctance to adapt? • ‘Big seven’ • Prohibitive costs
  8. 8. Whipping post - formats • EPUB • AZW • HTML • BBeB • .djvu • iBook • .lit • .mobi • PDF • .pdb • .kf8
  9. 9. The NUI Maynooth experience
  10. 10. Tipping point• c390,000 electronic books available• Full text electronic journals currently number 49,168• c425,000 print books & journals available• Mobile devices = game changer
  11. 11. Whipping post• Providers• Formats• Licences• Resource limitations
  12. 12. Licences“X reserves the right to introduce appropriate technical protection measure to control access and/or use of the Intelligence in accordance with this Agreement, provided that no such measure shall adversely affect the rights of the Subscriber or its Authorised Users...”
  13. 13. Unsustainable “When it comes to eBooks, we cannot give them what they want, not really, we cannot give them books from Simon and Schuster or Macmillan or new books from Penguin or Hatchet, and not more than 26 times from HarperCollins, and probably not many books from Random House......I am no longer convinced that spending ... on the current eBook system is a wise move”(Bobbi Newman - Librarian by day blog, March 7 2012)
  14. 14. So, why make it even more complex?
  15. 15. WHY WE DID IT• Tipping point• Proof of concept?• Because we could / should?
  16. 16. Isn’t it what they want?
  17. 17. HOW WE DID IT (1)
  18. 18. HOW WE DID IT (2) [NUTS AND BOLTS]• 10 kindles for general, 10 for English• Library Staff usage• Free general books• List of titles submitted to Library• Incentivised in pilot – no fees• Catalogue records
  19. 19. HOW IT WENT• c100 titles uploaded• Time consuming• Licensing restrictions• Security restrictions• Strong marketing campaign
  20. 20. DID IT WORK?• Validated our communication model• 90% ‘satisfied’ or ‘very satisfied’• 94% would borrow again• Repeat and increased business from academics• Devices always on loan
  21. 21. So, everyone is happy?• Rapid pace of change• Changing user needs• Expectations
  22. 22. Future?
  23. 23. (Some) References:• http://www.infodocket.com/2012/06/22/pew-internet-releases-new-report-libraries- patrons-and-e-books/• http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/report-penguin-to-cease-windowing-library-ebook- titles/• http://www.thedigitalshift.com/research/ebook-usage-reports/• http://www.slideshare.net/lselibrary/ebooks-536653• http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/streaming-ebooks-a-new-distribution-model-for- schools/• http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2012/booksellers-v-libraries-publishers-v-amazon-these- are-the-wrong-battles-to-fight/• http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/ebook-best-seller-price-average-plummets-to- lowest-level-yet/• http://gizmodo.com/5993800/why-do-we-keep-making-ebooks-like-paper-books• http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/06/22/libraries-patrons-and-e-books/• 2012 Survey of Ebook Usage in U.S. Academic Libraries (EBSCO funded)• No shelf required : e-books in libraries , Chicago : American Library Association, ; 2011..

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