ATG Book of the Week: Library Use of eBooks, 2013 Edition

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Title:Library Use of eBooks, 2013 Edition
Print and PDF format: ISBN 978-1-57440-223-0;  $89.50.
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Primary Research Group, 2013


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 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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