This report looks closely at the eBook purchasing and deployment practices of libraries. 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 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 also gives extensive information on use of and purchasing plans for eBook readers, tablet computers and eBook enabled smartphone technology, among other areas. Data are highly specific and broken out for many different types of product and manufacturer.
The study also 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.
Just a few of the many findings from this 110-page report are:
- Approximately 46.5% of libraries have a current contract for eBooks with NetLibrary/Ebsco.
- Government libraries spent an average of $142.86 on eBooks and other electronic documents from Amazon.com in the past year; public libraries spent an average of just $2.11 in this time.
- A mean of 75.21% of the total eBook spending by libraries in the sample was spent with aggregators that offer books from many publishers.
- 16.83% of libraries currently offer Apple iPads to patrons or staff, and 10.89% plan to acquire them in the next year.
- In the upcoming year, libraries in the sample plan to spend a mean of approximately $4,453 on electronic directories.