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Library Use of eBooks, 2013 Edition

  • ID: 2398013
  • Report
  • February 2013
  • 103 Pages
  • Primary Research Group
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This report looks closely at how libraries use eBooks. It is based on a survey of 68 academic, public, corporate, legal and other special libraries and covers licensing, collection planning, use of consortiums for purchasing, number and type of suppliers used, spending levels, spending plans, use of tablets, eReaders and other technologies, use of eTextbooks, eDirectories and related spending plans, preferences for licenses from individual publishers or aggregators, and plans for license renewals. The study gives details of use of and spending on a broad range of vendors and distributors including Amazon and Barnes & Noble, among many others.

The study also covers: use of eBooks for course reserves, eBook issues in interlibrary loan, and the emergence of dedicated endowments for eBook purchases. The study also covers the types of eBook models preferred by libraries of different types, and how librarians view likely developments in the eBook industry.

This 103-page study is based on data from 68 public, academic, corporate, legal and government libraries, with data broken out by type of library, size of library and other criteria. The study paints a portrait of how libraries are using eBooks and covers spending, budgets, contracts, licensing, number of licenses maintained, and aggregator and publisher preferences and aggregator vs publisher sales as a percentage of total eBook spending. The report also presents detailed data on library spending on particular retail vendors such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all other online book vendors. The report also presents data on e-audio books, use of consortium purchasing arrangements for eBooks, the impact of eBooks on interlibrary loan, range of titles typically available for eBook rental at libraries, the impact of tablets and other eBook reading devices, the impact of eBooks on course reserves for higher education libraries, the evolving state of dedicated endowments for eBooks, use of and spending on eDirectories, trends in eBook pricing as experienced by libraries, trends in eBook collection planning, use of eTextbooks and more.

Just a few of the report's many findings are that:
- Spending on e-textbooks will increase from a mean of $1,042 in 2012 to approximately $1,528 in 2013 for the libraries in the sample
- Public libraries have spent a mean of $8,750 on electronic and internet versions of directories
- Libraries in the sample spent a mean of $118,676 on e-books in 2012
- 32.86 percent of libraries in the sample have a contract with Ebrary, including 19.23 percent of libraries with a total budget of less than $500,000
- Libraries in the sample expect to renew almost 75 percent of their current e=book contracts upon completion
- 37.13 percent of e-book orders made by libraries in the sample are placed with e-book divisions of traditional book jobbers or distributors
- On average, libraries in the sample have experienced a mean increase of 17.93 percent in the price of e-books in the last year
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- Alamogordo Public Library
- Alberta
- AIM Library Services
- Alberta Innovates - Technology
- Futures Libraries
- Anaheim Public Library Association of American Medical Colleges
- Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
- Bay of Plenty District Health Board
- Benton County Public Library
- Brentwood City Library
- Canterbury Christ Church University
- Capital Health Hospitals
- Cedar Crest College
- Central Mississippi Regional Library System
- Charter College
- Cirencester College
- Clay County Public Library
- Coastal Carolina University
- College of the Holy Cross
- Dar Al-Hekma College
- Fairbanks North Star Borough Library
- Florida Keys Community College
- Francisco Marroquín University
- Galway Public Library
- George C. Marshall
- European Center for Security Studies
- Georgetown Public Library
- Hancock County Library System
- Houston Public Library
- Jersey Shore University Medical Center
- Johnson C. Smith University
- Jülich Research Centre
- Kalispell Regional Medical Center
- Lansing Community College
- Lewis County Public Library
- Luther Seminary
- Master's College
- Mercer County Community College
- Monterey Peninsula College
- Nanyang Technological University
- Newcastle Public Library
- Niagara College
- Old Dominion University
- Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library
- Pellissippi State Community college
- Philips 66 Company
- Rento Technical College
- Sacramento Public Library
- Saginaw Valley State University
- Saint Mary's College
- Sharon Public Library
- Simpson College
- Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell and jernigan, LLp
- Smith, Gambrell and Russell, LLp
- State Library of Victoria
- Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library
- Treat Memorial Library
- United States Sports Academy
- University of Auckland
- University of Connecticut
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
- University of Memphis
- University of New Hampshire School of Law
- University of Portsmouth
- University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
- Vilanova University
- Wartburg Public Library
- Yanbu Industrial College
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