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Ebook Backlists & the library market AAUP 2013


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Ebook Backlists & the library market AAUP 2013

  1. 1. Backlist Ebooks &the Library MarketOne librarian’s perspectiveJason Price, PhDInterim Library Director / ConsultantClaremont Colleges Library / SCELCAAUP Boston June 21 2013
  2. 2. What do librarians think aboutbacklist ebooks?“I don’t have a budget for those, heck I don’thave a budget for new ones!”“I’m happy to buy them on request ordemand, but don’t want to purchase until wehave a demonstrated need”“I don’t like packages, can I pick & choose?”“If they’re in collections, they’d better becheap!”
  3. 3. Backfile income from libraries…Opportunity1. Ebook aggregatorbackfile subscriptions2. Publisher-hostedbackfile packages3. “Out of print” DDAloans & purchasesChallenge1. Little income? Competesw/ DDA?2. Requires deep discounts ora new model1. Long term availability forDDA purchase
  4. 4. 1) Aggregator backfile subscriptionsExcerpt from Price & Mcdonald 2012,
  5. 5. Subscription cost less than a penny onthe dollar per year!Subscribable Ebrary Ebooks = 77,482purchase price $5,670,776 (single-user price)≤ $3.75/FTE… so for 5000 fte = $18750/year% of list price per year = 0.33% (multi-user price)Years to buy = 300+ years!Ebsco subscription pricing is similar…Q.E.D. Libraries investing in aggregator ebooksshould subscribe to both packages and avoid buyingindividual books that are (or will be!) available bysubscription…
  6. 6. 2) Publisher-hosted backfile collectionsBenefits of DRM-free contentoutweighed by aversion to collectionsSolution 1: Dime on the dollarpricing (or less)!Solution 2: Evidence-based custom collectionsEBASS 25 Youtube VideoOutstanding 10 minute intro to all things PDA
  7. 7. Disruptive TechnologyDisturbingly Disruptive AcquisitionEbook PDA and DDA ->Predictability-Destroying Acquisition3) DDA Rentals and Purchases
  8. 8. Solution: Partner with bookagents, aggregators & librariesto extend DDA availability ofuniversity press content3) DDA Rentals and Purchases
  9. 9. Hathi Trust & Google booksPutting the Ebook AggregatorMarketplace into stark perspectiveExcerpt from Price & Mcdonald 2012,
  10. 10. Hathi Bythe decade1990-99n = 785,7581960-69n = 624,8451970-79n = 722,6971980-89n = 823,151
  11. 11. EbookMarketplaceis only 1/3 aslarge asHathi for2000-09books
  12. 12. Google books casts an even longer shadow
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  14. 14. Questions for later discussion?Q: Will libraries replace their print bookholdings with ebook versions?A: Not for quite a while… (Journals 1st)Q: Why do we need e-backlists since librariescan scan print & post on courseware?A: only covers 10% of a book - SIPXQ: Won’t Hathi & Google provide this service /swoop in?A: Hathi – No. Google – maybe.