Mobile Access to E-Books at Yale


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Presented at 2009 LITA National Forum, 10/2009

Reports findings from my study on mobile access to licensed e-book collections at the Yale University Library. Four readers were tested: Amazon Kindle 2.0, Apple iPod Touch, Sony Reader PRS-500, iRex iLiad 2nd edition. The Apple iPod Touch (& iPhone) was the only mobile device that could directly access licensed e-books.

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Mobile Access to E-Books at Yale

  1. 1. Mobile Access to E-Books at Yale<br />Lisa Carlucci Thomas<br />Digital Collections Librarian<br />Yale University<br />2009 LITA National Forum<br />Salt Lake City, UT<br />
  2. 2. In 4 years, <br /> Yale’s e-books <br /> increased more<br /> than 110%<br />E-Books at Yale: 2005-2009<br />2005: ~475,000 titles<br />2009: ~1,000,000+ titles <br />
  3. 3. E-Books Everywhere: Now<br />
  4. 4. Mobile Access to E-Books at Yale<br />What percentage of e-book collections can be accessed using mobile devices?<br />Four devices tested: <br /><ul><li>Amazon Kindle 2.0
  5. 5. Sony Reader PRS-500
  6. 6. iRexiLiad 2nd edition
  7. 7. Apple iPod Touch</li></li></ul><li>Amazon Kindle 2.0<br />Kindle 2.0<br />Kindle 1.0<br />
  8. 8. Sony Reader PRS-500<br />
  9. 9. iRex iLiad 2nd edition<br />
  10. 10. Apple iPod Touch<br />iPhone<br />iPod Touch<br />
  11. 11. Resources Tested<br />History Reference Online<br />Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts<br />Blackwell Reference Online<br />Books24x7 ITPro Collection<br />Cambridge Histories Online<br />Literature Online<br />Perseus Project<br />ebrary<br />ENGnetBASE: Engineering Handbooks Online<br />Eighteenth Century Collections Online<br />Gutenberg-e<br />ACLS Humanities E-Book<br />Knovel<br />Madame Curie Bioscience Database<br />Medieval Sources Online<br />NetLibrary (OCLC)<br />SourceOECD<br />Oxford Reference Online<br />PatrologiaeGraecae<br />Past Masters<br />Safari Books Online<br />Early English Books Online, 1475-1700 <br />Methods in Enzymology<br />Springer Protocols<br />World Bank e-Library<br />
  12. 12. Testing<br />Could you access e-book using device?<br />Could you use an additional method to access Yale licensed e-books on the device (for instance: bookmark, email, download, copy, or other)?<br />What was the format type?<br />Rate ability to access using following scale:<br />1. Able to access, but unreadable, unusable<br />2. Able to access, may be readable, difficult to view or navigate<br />3. Able to access, fairly readable, content viewable<br />4. Able to access, overall readable, sized to fit screen and can navigate without difficulty<br />5. Able to access, very readable, very easy to view content and navigate<br />
  13. 13. Findings<br />
  14. 14. Summary<br />Apple iPod Touch<br />Could access 84% of Yale’s e-book collections <br />Amazon Kindle 2.0, Sony Reader PRS-500, and iRexiLiad 2nd edition <br />Could access 24% of Yale’s e-book collections<br />
  15. 15. Conclusion<br />This is just the beginning…<br />
  16. 16. Thank You<br />Mobile Access to E-Books at Yale<br />Lisa Carlucci Thomas<br />Digital Collections Librarian<br />Yale University<br /><br />
  17. 17. References<br />Slide 2: image ‘stack’ @ <br />Slide 3: Chronicle of Higher Education<br />Slide 5: image ‘side by side’ @<br />Slide 6: image ‘sony reader’ @<br />Slide 6: image &apos;Librarians are way sexier than DRM&apos;d ebook+readers&apos; @<br />Slide 7: photo by Lisa Carlucci Thomas<br />Slide 7: image: &apos;iRex iLiad tekstiä‘<br />Slide 8: image ‘IPHONE IPOD TOUCH 2G’<br />Slide 15: photo by Lisa Carlucci Thomas<br />