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Current Trends in Use of
eBooks in North America

April 17, 2009
PSTG
Hiroyuki N. Good
Japanese Bibliographer
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A future Online Catalog?
Or one of the most cost
effective retrospective
conversion methods yet
devised?
© 1980 New York...
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Current Trends in Use of eBooks in North America ①
ebrary Survey 2008 Spring Students: 2,134 Librarians: 100

Does your...
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Current Trends in Use of eBooks in North America ②

How often do you use eBooks that
your library provides?
More than 1...
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Current Trends in Use of eBooks in North America ③

If never, why?
I do not know where to
find eBooks

27
3
23

I prefe...
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Current Trends in Use of eBooks in North America ④

What type of resources are you using for
research/class assignment?...
Advantages of eBooks and Types
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Searchablity - not reading but using eBooks as reference and
articles
24/7 ...
Issues of eBooks Top 3 + 1
1.
2.
3.
4.

Don’t know where to find (27%)
Prefer printed books (23%)
Difficult to read or use...
Development of technology are
always beyond our expectations

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-Rush Miller

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Increasing Discoverability of ...
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Rapid increase of eJournals’ budget
eJaournals

print journals

120
100
80
% 60

88

87

82

76

65

55

40
20
0

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...
Reality is Hybrid,
but vision is Digital

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-Rush Miller

In 2013
“53% of respondents answered they will be using both e...
Reference
Celeto, Cynthia. Springer Web Seminar on eBooks. Attended on November 11, 2008.
Jacoby, JoAnn and Marry S. Lasko...
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  1. 1. 1 Current Trends in Use of eBooks in North America April 17, 2009 PSTG Hiroyuki N. Good Japanese Bibliographer
  2. 2. 2 A future Online Catalog? Or one of the most cost effective retrospective conversion methods yet devised? © 1980 New York Times
  3. 3. 3 Current Trends in Use of eBooks in North America ① ebrary Survey 2008 Spring Students: 2,134 Librarians: 100 Does your library have eBooks? YES 68.5 92 Students 1.5 4 NO Librarians 30 DON’T KNOW 4 0 20 40 60 80 100 % Librarians were asked to take the survey as if they were students.
  4. 4. 4 Current Trends in Use of eBooks in North America ② How often do you use eBooks that your library provides? More than 10 hours per week 1.5 2.6 5-10 hours per week 3 1 Students 15 1-5 hours per week 27 Librarians 32.5 Less than 1 hour per week Never 56 48 13 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 % Librarians were asked to take the survey as if they were students.
  5. 5. 5 Current Trends in Use of eBooks in North America ③ If never, why? I do not know where to find eBooks 27 3 23 I prefer printed books 10 Students Librarians 6 eBooks are too difficult to read 13 2.3 eBooks are too difficult to use 7 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 % Librarians were asked to take the survey as if they were students.
  6. 6. 6 Current Trends in Use of eBooks in North America ④ What type of resources are you using for research/class assignment? (plural answers) Google and other search engines 71 44 Electronic databases (ProQuest, LexisNexis, JSTOR ,etc.) eJournals 40 print books 40 eBooks 74 40 40 eReference (online databases, (o databases, encyclopedia, etc.) 67 67 55 61 38 print text 43 36 print reference (dictionaries, encyclopedias etc.) 60 32 print journals 15 eTextbooks 0 10 Librarians 53 30 Students 24 20 30 40 % 50 60 70 Librarians were asked to take the survey as if they were 80
  7. 7. Advantages of eBooks and Types 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Searchablity - not reading but using eBooks as reference and articles 24/7 Access‐students don’t sleep Off Campus Access- 60% increase of access to eReserve Multi-Access – multi-use of eTextbooks Portability – many eBooks and articles in your personal computer 7
  8. 8. Issues of eBooks Top 3 + 1 1. 2. 3. 4. Don’t know where to find (27%) Prefer printed books (23%) Difficult to read or use (8.3%) Expensive 8
  9. 9. Development of technology are always beyond our expectations 9 -Rush Miller 1. 2. 3. 4. Increasing Discoverability of eBooks by next generation OPAC Development of better book readers for library eBooks Usability increase Users   Cost effectiveness of eBooks that do not need catalog and storage ©Amazon Kindle
  10. 10. 10 Rapid increase of eJournals’ budget eJaournals print journals 120 100 80 % 60 88 87 82 76 65 55 40 20 0 12 13 18 24 1996 1998 2000 2002 35 2004 45 2006 Based on total budget of 3,600 ALA member libraries
  11. 11. Reality is Hybrid, but vision is Digital 11 -Rush Miller In 2013 “53% of respondents answered they will be using both eBooks and print, 35% answered they will still prefer printed books and 7% answered they will prefer eBooks (5% no answer) “ (Springer survey in 2008) In 2017 “Electronic books, driven by consumer demand, will finally become established as the primary format for educational textbooks and scholarly books and monographs, as well as reference formats. “                 (CIBER Report in 2007)
  12. 12. Reference Celeto, Cynthia. Springer Web Seminar on eBooks. Attended on November 11, 2008. Jacoby, JoAnn and Marry S. Laskowski. (2004) Measurement and Analysis of Electronic Reserve Usage: Toward a New Path in Online Library Service Assessment. portal : Libraries & the Academy, 4(2), 219-232. Retrieved from Project MUSE. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/v004/4.2jacoby.html Levine-Clark, Michael. (2006). Electronic Book Usage: A Survey at the University of Denver. portal : Libraries & the Academy, 6(3), 285-299. Retrieved from Project MUSE. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/v006/6.3levine-clark.html Publishers Communication Group. (2007, November). Library budget predictions for 2008 results from a telephone survey August 2007. Retrieved from http://www.pcgplus.com/Resources/LibraryBudgetSurvey2008.pdf The ebrary team. (2008). 2008 global student e-book survey sponsored by ebrary. Retrieved from http://www.ebrary.com/corp/collateral/en/Survey/ebrary_student_survey_2008.pdf The ebrary team. (2008). 2008 global student e-book survey – cloned for librarians. Retrieved from http://www.ebrary.com/corp/collateral/en/Survey/ebrary_student_survey_cloned_2008.pdf 12
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