Library use of eBooks, 2012 Edition

The report looks closely at library eBook purchasing and deployment policies and includes data on overall spending, spending on particular products, the break down of spending between aggregators and individual publishers among thousands of other data points. The study presents detailed data on eBook and Ebook technology purchasing and plans, and presents data for spending on particular aggregators and for particular types of technology. The study includes exhaustive information on library eBook purchasing plans in particular subject areas and for particular types of technologies.

The study breaks down purchasing between aggregators and individual publishers and also presents data on purchasing plans for various subject areas, as well as for eDirectories, eAudio books and eTextbooks.   

The report gives extensive information on use of and purchasing plans for eBook readers, tablet computers and eBook enabled smartphone technology, among other areas. Data is highly specific and broken out for many different types of product and manufacturer.   

The study covers how libraries are developing eBook collection plans, integrating eBooks into course reserves, developing information literacy training, and handling interlibrary loan plans, including use of eBook "borrowing" sites.   

Library Use of eBooks 2012 Edition also gives detailed data on current and future spending plans on tablet computers, eBook readers, edirectories, etextbooks, eAudio books and many other forms of eBooks. In addition the report examines information eBook issues relating to information literacy, cataloging, interlibrary loan, course reserves, consortium relations and use and other pressing issues in eBook development and deployment. The study is based on survey data from more than 90 public, higher education and special libraries.   

Just a few of the report's many findings are that:  

  • Libraries in the sample will spend a mean of $118,453 on e-books in 201l and anticipate spending a mean of $128,712 in 2012.   
  • Libraries sampled have a mean of 3.62 existing e-book licensing contracts with individual publishers and e-book aggregators.   
  • College libraries will renew a mean of 89.4% of their e-book contracts, while corporate and legal libraries will renew a mean of 67.78%.   
  • Among public libraries sampled, a mean of just 0.5% of e-book orders are made direct from the publisher. In comparison, 35% of orders made by corporate and legal libraries and 32.22% of those from government libraries are made this way.   
  • 46.48% of e-book purchases by college libraries and nearly a quarter of those made by government libraries were made through library consortia.   
  • Only 6.93% of libraries in the sample have ever developed a video to explain any facet of e-book use.   
  • Libraries in the sample have MARC records for a mean 66.01% of e-books in their collections.   
  • 29.11% of libraries have taken some measures to integrate e-books searches into journal article searches. 
  • 27.63% of libraries in the sample say that patrons use e-books about psychology occasionally and 26.32% say that they use them significantly.    

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