How South Ayrshire libraries embraced
What is an eBook service?
How did we obtain one?
Was it value for money?
What does the future hold ?
Frequently asked questions.
eBooks are downloadable books which you can read and
audio books which you can listen to on a computer and /
or on a mobile device such as: an eBook reader, mobile
phone, iPod, iPad or MP3 player.
The majority of libraries work with an ‘eBook aggregator’.
We have a three year contract with Overdrive Inc.
Overdrive negotiates all lending rights, copyright issues and
permissions with publishers and authors, on our behalf.
The contract is comprised of two elements: stock purchase and
fixed-price software maintenance.
We have contracted to buy a minimum of $5,000 of stock each
Browse, check out, and
download with your library
card… anytime, anywhere!
Download to a Windows®
computer… and popular
Transfer to devices like the
Library users can choose the lending period –
one, two or three weeks.
eBooks and eAudio books can be requested.
Once the request is available to download,
an email will automatically be sent to the
eBooks and eAudio books are automatically
deleted from the user’s device at the end of
the borrowing period.
Easy to use, available 24/7, no late fees
Our LMS allows our users to join online.
iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Download titles directly to your mobile
device with the Overdrive®
App from iPhone App store or Android
November 2009 conference call with Overdrive.
November 2009 initial meeting with Council lawyers.
January 2010 legal contract signed.
January Overdrive appoints Ben Alcorn as Project Manager
February Overdrive forms completed and returned.
March visit from Claudia Weissmann and our first staff training.
April meeting with our LMS supplier – Innovative Interfaces.
April / May 2010.
Project implementation and staff training.
eBook stock purchasing.
Finding IT solutions.
June 2010 first marketing and advertising meeting.
June 2010 testing of patron and catalogue links.
June 2010 site live but not advertised or launched.
1st July 2010 eBook service launched with full media coverage.
Once these steps were taken the real fun began!
The answer is a resounding “yes”!
The service has raised the library profile in the local area.
New users include many people who had previously thought that the library had
nothing to offer.
It appeals to younger members – and our eBook Twilight series can’t
be lost / stolen or soaked in the bath!
It is socially and geographically inclusive – nursing homes, the visually-impaired and
includes those that even the mobile library doesn’t reach!
We currently have 692 eBook service users.
We have issued nearly 5,000 downloads.
Our opening stock was 228 titles.
159 titles were eBooks, 70 eAudio books.
eAudio books are as popular as eBooks.
By March 2011 we had 611 titles.
By March 2011 our e titles was 3730 - 0.7% of our total
We now have 410 eBooks and 201 eAudio books.
This includes 164 children’s / young adult titles.
Overdrive statistical reports can tell us how our users accessed
our site and when they accessed our site.
We created an online feedback form.
Utilised our library blog to encourage users to provide comments
and participate in online surveys.
Liaised with school librarians and school pupils.
Our annual Reader’s Day included a talk and
demonstration on eBooks from an eBook publisher.
Close relationship with Council
Overdrive has an excellent range of publicity
materials that can be customised.
We conducted a “planned” campaign that
included: business cards, leaflets, book
marks, posters, bill boards, local radio
jingles and coverage by BBC, STV and local
Competitions and a range of ongoing
publicity on our Library Blog.
Utilised Social Networking sites.
Won Overdrive’s International Marketing
Award 2010 - $1,000 of credits.
Much talk of the, “death of the printed book”.
More books than ever are being published in paper form.
With the ever-increasing number of eBooks being published, it
adds up to more words being written, published and read than
We are all in a 24 / 7 virtual information age.
Huge changes being asked of the publishing industry.
E books / libraries / publishers / Amazon – new business model
Big changes being asked of libraries – by their users!
E publishing gives greater freedom to all would-be authors
to publish material.
Libraries required to “signpost” users through the avalanche
of e materials now available.
Libraries as e publishers.
No title need ever be out of print.
QR Codes and Near Field Communication.
E publishing of Local History materials.
E textbooks for schools.
18 months ago we had not considered any
of the above and now…
What will we all be doing in the very near
South Ayrshire Libraries are working in
conjunction with Solus UK to launch an
App in summer 2011.
Direct access to Library site.
Ability to use all aspects of the service.
Branch specific if required.
Travel information added.
To appeal to South Ayrshire secondary
school pupils as each school library comes
on board with our LMS.
South Ayrshire Libraries intends to publish three eBooks – each converted
from print titles in our Local History Collection.
First title will be: “A record of the Ayrshire Militia 1802 – 1883”.
Books will be sold as POD items and as eBooks on Amazon.
Contract with a conversion company.
Opened an account with Lightning Source
Opened an account with Amazon.
Do we lend eBook readers? No
What proportion of the book budget is devoted to eBooks? 6%
What proportion of the issues are eBooks? 0.7%
Do you charge for eBooks ? No
Most popular downloads: Stieg Larsson, James Patterson, Kathy Reichs
Our top 50 downloads include titles by: Stephanie Meyer, Anthony Horowitz
Checkouts to 25th May 4461, including 429 downloads of children’s / young adult titles.
What formats can be downloaded? MP3, WMA, ePUB, PDF, Movies and Music
Jean Inness, South Ayrshire Libraries