Ebook Librarian Survey Results Released

HighWire Press released the results of a survey yesterday. The survey responses  came from libraries at 138  institutions on 5 continents. A significant majority were in the USA, and most of the respondent worked in undergraduate or graduate academic libraries. The full report is available for download.

Some of the results can be summarized as follows:

  • Respondents predicted rapid growth of ebooks in libraries.
  • PDF is the preferred format but librarians want options.
  • Users discover ebooks through the library catalog and through Internet search engines.
  • DRM hinders the use of ebooks; the ability to print is essential.
  • Purchase (with perpetual access) is more popular than subscription.
  • User demand drives selection decisions.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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