I finally had time to read this very interesting article in the Huffington Post written by Mark Coker about theÂ Smashwords study conducted to analyze self-published book sales data.Â Coker highlights seven key findings from the study and includes his slides from a presentation at the RT Booklovers Convention earlier this year.Â It’s worth a read if you are interested in self-publishing.
The seven key findings include:
Ebook Sales Conform to a Power Curve
Viva Long Form Reading: Longer Books Sell Better
Shorter Book Titles Appear to Have Slight Sales Advantage
How Indie Authors are Pricing Their Books: $2.99 is the Most Common Price Point
How Price Impacts Unit Sales Volume: Lower Priced Books (usually) Sell More Copies
The Yield Graph: Is $3.99 the New $2.99?
A Closer Look at the Yield Graph Reveals Why Indie Ebook Authors Have a Competitive Advantage over Traditionally Published Authors
April 8, 2013, Boston,Oxford â€“Â Â Credo, the industry leader for information skills solutions, today announced that the results of an information literacy survey of over 1,500 students from more than 400 institutions worldwide are now freely available.Â Anyone may register for a free copy, along with a paper authored by Dr. Allen McKiel, Dean of Library Services at Western Oregon University at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Survey_Results.Â Additionally, Credo will be unveiling results at ACRL during a breakfast discussion on 11 April 2013.
Springer has released a White Paper on ebook use and attitudes.Â The study was conducted at Wellesley College.Â Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries co-authored the white paper.
More information, including key findings and links to the full paper, is below:
A new white paper from Springer examines eBook adoption at an undergraduate institution
Conventional wisdom holds that the availability of eBooks and their inherent utility â€“ full text searchability, ease of access, etc. â€“ are what drive use and acceptance. But are these the only factors behind the rate of adoption of eBooks at undergraduate universities? A new Springer white paper by Deborah Lenares of the Margaret Clapp Library at Wellesley College, and Steven Smith, formerly of Wellesley College and now Head of Collection Management at Boston University Libraries, draws on past studies and a new survey of users at Wellesley College to uncover some interesting insights for undergraduate librarians and institutions. The white paper is available both online, and will be distributed at this yearâ€™s Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER & L) Conference in Austin, TX. Continue reading Springer releases white paper on eBook use and acceptance in an undergraduate institution→
Credo Survey Suggests Students Lack Basic Information Skills Critical for Academic and Workforce Success
Survey finds 37% of students do not feel adequately prepared to start research
More information from the press release below.Â Note the opportunity to attend an event at ACRL relating to the study as well as receive the full text of the study.Â Links are below.
March 5, 2013, Boston,Oxford â€“ A survey developed by librarians and sponsored by Credo found that many college students falsely perceive their level of information literacy. The data collected suggests that while students display an understanding of information skills, they are not successful at the next step â€”application of the skill. These information skills are critical to success in the classroom, but they also extend beyond campus to prepare students for success on the job and in everyday life.Â Continue reading Credo survey suggests students lack basic information skills→
OverDrive and the ALA conducted an online survey at U.S. public library websites in June/July 2012.Â They asked a variety of questions, but the most important ones revolved around eBook purchasing.Â The survey asked, “If a digital audiobook or eBook is unavailable in the library’s digital collection or there is a wait time, would you consider purchasing it from an online retailer?Â 53% said yes and 47% said no.Â They also asked, “Have you ever purchased a book (physical or digital) after borrowing that title from the library?Â Only 35% said yes, while 64% said no. Continue reading Library borrowers DO buy eBooks, don’t they?→
DeGruyter has released a white paper titled, Patron Driven Acquisition: A Model for Providing Complete Access to Electronic Content While Limiting Costs For Libraries.Â It discusses a new business model for electronic content – books, journals, and databases.
“Based upon feedback from its Library Advisory Board, De Gruyter decided to offer its customers a purchase model for digital content that was independent of a single format.
Yet rather than design the new sales model around a conference table, De Gruyter wanted to base the model on empirical data and develop it in active dialogue with customers. In
mid-2011, De Gruyter contracted with three institutions to conduct a PDA trial.” Continue reading DeGruyter White Paper on Patron Driven Acquisition→
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