Pew Internet and American Life Project has just released the results of a new study – The Rise of E-Reading. From the report tagline:
21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.
by Lee Rainie, Kathryn Zickuhr, Kristen Purcell, Mary Madden and Joanna Brenner
Below are a few of the key findings from the full report:
- A fifth of American adults have read an e-book in the past year and the number of e-book readers grew after a major increase in ownership of e-book reading devices and tablet computers during the holiday gift-giving season.
- The average reader of e-books says she has read 24 books (the mean number) in the past 12 months, compared with an average of 15 books by a non-e-book consumer.
- 30% of those who read e-content say they now spend more time reading, and owners of tablets and e-book readers particularly stand out as reading more now.
- The prevalence of e-book reading is markedly growing, but printed books still dominate the world of book readers.
- E-book reading happens across an array of devices, including smartphones.
- In a head-to-head competition, people prefer e-books to printed books when they want speedy access and portability, but print wins out when people are reading to children and sharing books with others.
From a Bowker press release:
27 March 2012 (LONDON) — Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. are leading the world in e-book adoption rates, according to Bowker Market Research’s Global eBook Monitor, The study tracks consumer attitudes to and purchasing of e-books in major world markets. Bowker Market Research is a service of Bowker, an affiliated business of ProQuest.
“The market for e-books is experiencing exponential growth internationally, with news each week of new e-readers and specialist e-tailers,” said Kelly Gallagher, vice-president, Bowker Market Research. “Publishers and retailers must adapt to a very changed landscape. This research is essential for effectively navigating that new landscape and creating successful business models.” Continue reading Bowker releases results of global ebook research
Wonderful news today from ProQuest. They will continue the tradition of publishing the Statistical Abstract of the United States, beginning with the 2013 edition (in print and digital formats). They will partner with Bernan Press who will continue the tradition of publishing the print edition. No word on pricing at this time. Here is the full press release:
ProQuest Picks up Where the Census Bureau Left Off:
The Statistical Abstract of the United States Will Be Back This Year
Researchers’ cherished guide to social and economic stats gets a new lease on digital and print life
March 22, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest will rescue one of researchers’ most valued reference tools when it takes on publication of the Statistical Abstract of the United States beginning with the 2013 edition. The move ensures continuation of this premier guide to an extraordinary array of statistics, which has been published since 1878. The U.S. Census Bureau, responsible for publishing the work, announced in March 2011 that it would cease production of the Statistical Abstract after the 2012 edition, prompting widespread concern among librarians, journalists, and researchers about the disappearance of this essential research tool.
“I’m thrilled that ProQuest will continue aggregating this important content,” said Wright State University librarian Sue Polanka, author of the widely read No Shelf Required blog. Polanka was part of a Reference User Services Association committee who organized a discussion at the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference about how to save the Statistical Abstract from extinction. “Even in our increasingly digital world, the Statistical Abstract remains one of the best reference sources for libraries.” [summary of the program, SP] Continue reading The Statistical Abstract lives on – ProQuest will publish starting in 2013
“Close to three-fourths of respondents, 74%, report that demand for their libraries’ electronic offerings have increased over the past year”
A new report from Library Resource Guide and Unisphere Research, ” The Digital Squeeze: Libraries at the CrossroadsThe Library Resource Guide Benchmark Study on 2012 Library Spending Plans,” shows an increased demand for all types of digital content in libraries. This should come as no surprise, particularly for those librarians in public service fielding the questions about downloading ebooks and streaming movies. Unisphere Research is the market research unit of Unisphere Media, a division of Information Today, Inc. The research for the study was sponsored by ProQuest.
Quotes pulled from the report (free download with registration): Continue reading New LRG study- 74% of libraries report increased demand for electronic offerings
A great article is available on the Library Renewal site – $2 BILLION FOR $1 BILLION OF BOOKS: THE ARITHMETIC OF LIBRARY E-BOOK LENDING written by Jonathan Chambers.
Here is a clip from the introductory material: Library Renewal wants to help libraries build a powerful new way to get econtent to their patrons. We envision a new infrastructure, one that is vastly improved, equitable and fairly priced (with hidden costs eliminated). In order to figure out exactly how to make something like that a reality and create an actionable plan we have been busy doing research and meeting with experts from a variety of areas. We’ve naturally talked with plenty of library folks, but we have also actively included and sought out others that have legal, business and publishing expertise. Jonathan Chambers, the author of this piece, fits that bill perfectly and has worked directly with us a great deal over the past year. Here you’ll see the sort of approach some folks working with Library Renewal are thinking about. We (both Library Renewal and Mr. Chambers) would love to hear your reactions to this post in the comments.
*note* While the pricing changes implemented very recently by Random House are not factored into the dollar amounts discussed here, that in no way changes the conclusions that are drawn in this piece. Drastic changes like what we have been seeing related to libraries and econtent are endemic to the systems currently in place. We believe that these sorts of market shifts serve to strengthen the premise that specific types of action are in order and that Library Renewal is the perfect partner for that work. Enjoy!
From a February 21 ebrary press release:
ebrary®, a ProQuest business and leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced that the social media data of its 2011 Global Student E-book Survey is now publicly available at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/surveys along with the full report.
Among other key findings, the addendum revealed the following:
- While 41% of students are currently using social media for research or study, 59% are not. Reasons for not using social media include that existing sites are not a reliable source of information.
- When asked if they would use social media to share research with peers, 58% of students indicated “likely” to “very likely,” while 43% stated “unlikely.”
- 35% students indicated they would “likely” to “very likely” pose a question to a librarian using social media, compared to 45% who would “likely” to “very likely” use social media to pose a question to faculty.
- When asked if they would use social media to connect with students with similar academic interests, 69% stated “likely” to “very likely,” while 31% stated “unlikely.”
Continue reading ebrary releases social media data from Global Student E-book Survey
I missed this report when it was released back in December, 2011 by COSLA, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies. According to a survey of state libraries from the summer of 2011, 39% of public libraries reported offering no downloadable media service – no ebooks, no audiobooks, and no videos.
Here is more from the press release:
The Chief Officers of State Library agencies recently surveyed their membership to determine the extent to which U.S. public libraries are offering downloadable ebooks, audiobooks and videos for use on portable devices like e-readers and smartphones.
The results of the survey, conducted this summer, showed that 39% of public libraries in the U.S. had not yet begun to offer downloadable media service to their communities, a matter of great concern to state librarians. Continue reading 39% of U.S. Public Libraries without e-books
Public librarians, have you seen Library Journal’s new publication, Patron Profiles? It’s chock full of data and analysis on public library users. From the preface: “Patron Profiles focuses on who uses libraries, why they use libraries, and how that use may change. We are interested in their usage of contentespecially via the discrete products such as books, videos, and music that libraries buy or lease, lend or distribute.”
Here are some nuggets I found from the January issue (28 pages of data and analysis on mobile devices, mobile content, and library apps):
- Ebook usage continues to increase and patrons who prefer ebooks are, on average, more active library patrons than those who prefer printed books. They are generally more voracious in their media consumption. They visit their libraries more often, read more books, and buy more books. Continue reading LJ’s Patron Profiles and a free webinar
The following is a summary of:
RUSA/CODES Reference Publishing Discussion Forum: Life after the Statistical Abstract.
What will the proposed demise of the Statistical Abstract mean for reference librarians and library users? Now in its 130th annual edition, Statistical Abstract has played a central role in guiding users to statistics since before we were born. Since finding statistics can be challenging under the best of circumstances, what are our strategies for dealing with this loss? Are there new services and products we would like to see from commercial publishers?
Alesia McManus, owner of the “Save the US Statistical Abstract” Facebook page, moderated the discussion. About 50 librarians, publishers, and vendors attended.
Alesia McManus, Dan Coyle from ProQuest and Bruce Samuelson from Bernan Publishing all spoke briefly to start the session. Continue reading Life after the Statistical Abstract – ALAMW discussion summary
Below is a press release from OverDrive regarding 2011 use stats. Clearly the demand for library eBooks has increased; “doubled” according to the press release. While I’m thoroughly impressed by the interest and demand in content, I can’t help but focus on 4 of the statistics below. 1.6 billion book/title pages viewed by 99 million visitors, yet only 35 million digital titles were checked out in 2011 with 17 million holds (OverDrive did not indicate % increases here). How can we meet the growing demands of patrons when the holds list is nearly half of the checkouts? Public librarians, is this proportionate to your print circulation/holds data? Additionally, if 99 million people visited the site, how many of them left with either an item checked out or placed on hold? Reading between the lines, it looks to me like 99 million visitors tried very hard to search the catalog (1.6 billion views) for an available title and most left with nothing.
Here is more from the press release:
Dallas, TX — American Library Association Midwinter Conference, Jan. 19, 2012 — OverDrive, the leading global distributor of eBooks and audiobooks, will release 2011 year-end statistics from its global network of 18,000 libraries and schools in 21 countries at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Dallas, January 20-23 (Booth 845). Due to the rapid expansion of device compatibility and consumer awareness, eBook discovery and online reader visits at libraries and schools worldwide experienced triple digit growth in 2011: OverDrive library website traffic more than doubled to 1.6 billion page views and visitor sessions also doubled to nearly 100 million. At the conference, OverDrive will share statistics and user profile data as well as demonstrate new digital book discovery services to help libraries meet the exploding demand. Continue reading OverDrive use data – demand doubled but what about circulation?
Booklist is soliciting input from libraries who are purchasing e-books. They are interested in the fiction/non-fiction variety, not reference. The survey
takes about 5 minutes. Here is a broader description:
Help us understand the collection development process for e-books at your library.
If your library offers trade e-books (fiction and nonfiction, not reference e-books) to patrons, please take this important Booklist survey on e-book collection development. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Your input will help us put together a snapshot of how libraries manage e-book collections in the real world and will help shape future Booklist webinars, feature content, and reviews.
As an avid cook and one who uses various devices (print, e, apps, TV, and more) to find interesting recipes, I’m looking forward to reading more in this forthcoming annual study from Bowker.
Here’s more from the press release: PubTrackâ„¢ Consumer will launch a comprehensive new research study into the behavior of cookbook buyers, which will enable publishers to make better informed decisions in one the industry’s most dynamic market segments. The PubTrack Consumer Cookbook Publishing Report will determine how, where and why consumers buy cookbooks, digging deep into the impact of the digital transformation on what consumers buy and how they learn about cookbooks and authors. Over time, this annual study will plot trends so that publishers can develop products that fit more precisely to the shifting preferences of their customers. PubTrack is a highly regarded service of Bowker, an affiliated business of ProQuest. Continue reading Bowker’s PubTrack to study cookbook buyer behavior
ebrary has done a number of survey’s over the years. They recently released the results of their 2011 survey of librarians regarding mobile and offline access. The results are available (registration required) at http://www.tfaforms.com/222151. Last June, I interviewed Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing at ebrary about the download survey and ebrary’s new PDA program. Feel free to have a listen.
According to the ebrary press release, “Among other key findings, the survey revealed that 92% of librarians find providing offline access to e-books more or equally important than providing online access.” Continue reading 92% of librarians say offline access to eBooks more or equally important than online access