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Presentation given at BookNext, Spring Event 2011, Rome.

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Ebooks and london_law for slideshare

  1. 1. Ebooks and London Law Libraries<br />Sara Batts<br />2011 President, SLA Europe<br />Senior Research Librarian, Reed Smith LLP<br />
  2. 2. UK and use of ebooks <br />Advantages for lawyers<br />Views from London librarians<br />Booksellers’ opinion <br />Publishers’ plans<br />
  3. 3. UK adoption of ebooks<br />According to research in Daily Telegraph...<br />Over-55s own the most e-readers<br />47% Kindle, 31% iPad, 14% Sony e-reader<br />60% of bestselling books available<br />2011 ‘year of the book’<br />
  4. 4. Ebooks would be great…<br />Law books are heavy<br />Law books are frequently updated<br />Ebooks are searchable<br />Mixed media in one place<br />Links to cases and legislation<br />
  5. 5. But there are drawbacks… <br />Many books open at once<br />Screen size <br />Clarity of diagrams<br />Indexes not searches <br />Needed for court – page numbers <br />
  6. 6. Short survey<br />Ebooks in other topics <br />Commentary via databases<br />Few requests for ebooks – curiosity?<br />Current awarneess via ipad but not books <br />Online is in addition to print copies <br />
  7. 7. View from a law firm<br />Limited demand & reluctance to adopt online<br />Adoption is not dependent on age of user <br />Legal publishers have content on databases <br />Licensing<br />Needed for court – standard format <br />
  8. 8. View from a publisher<br />Priority is online via their platform<br />Some ebook downloads by Q4 2011<br />Not core practitioner texts<br />
  9. 9. View from a bookseller<br />Demand will increase<br />Legal publishers tend to wait<br />Dominant model is online via database<br />Licensing models <br />Not going to be cheaper<br />A long time before print books disappear<br />
  10. 10. Licensing <br />Online via database allows multiple access<br />Licensing one copy at a time<br />Different platforms for reading<br />Libraries want to share <br />
  11. 11. Looking to the future<br />Many benefits <br />DRM hurdles <br />Increase commentary reading (not Google) <br />Slower pace of adoption <br />
  12. 12. Conclusion<br />Online via database<br />Licensing & price <br />Formats & compatibility <br />Slower pace of adoption <br />
  13. 13. Any questions?<br />Thanks to bookseller, publisher and fellow librarians for answering questions<br />Daily Telegraph at<br />