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eBooks ROI (Springer)

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An interesting study to read:

RoI can be defined as a performance measure used to quantify and evaluate the efficiency of an investment in library resources or to compare efficiency among different investments. While it may seem simply to be a question of money in versus money out, the real difficulty of expressing the overall value of this resource for an institution comes from many contributing factors:

  • Time saved by library staff and researchers
  • Convenience of constant access and online search capabilities
  • Effect on research output and teaching
  • Physical space saved in the library by using electronic resources

RoI can be articulated by libraries to provide justification for ongoing development of collections within an institution and to ensure that current resources may be prioritized in terms of the value they provide to the institution as a whole. (…)

For librarians and administrators working to meet competing demands with limited resources, understanding the value of eBooks will continue to be of great importance for the foreseeable future. The ability to evaluate the most cost-effective and beneficial scholarly content allows for librarians to prioritize resources for their patrons and demonstrate the ongoing value of the library for their institution. (…)

eBooks are anticipated to become as hugely influential over print publications as eJournals have been in the last decade. (…)

Our interviews showed that evaluating usage data is the most common and obvious method for evaluating RoI. Other factors affecting value such as time spent processing records and marketing eBooks to users are often more difficult to quantify. User surveys are a common tool for providing much more context for how library patrons are interacting with eBooks and their perceived value. (…)

eBooks are used much more for individual chapters rather than an entire book... (…)

With the move to electronic content of all kinds, a shift has occurred in the role of librarians themselves. For instance, much more time is being spent on technical issues than 10 years prior. Librarians are now required to have computer expertise, and are charged with training their patrons on how to best make use of these electronic resources to maintain the value of the content

eBooks are relatively new, compared with 15 years of eJournals, but are likely to continue a rapid rate of adoption in the coming years. The industry is in its early development though, and it will likely be a few years before the percentage of book collections have migrated from print to electronic at the same level journals have. Once this happens, faculty and student usage is likely to increase dramatically

Read the full paper on:

Scholarly eBooks: understanding the Return on Investment for libraries. White paper, Springer, 2012. 9 p.

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September 3, 2012 at 8:10 pm

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Reading: Bringing medical information to doctors

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– how hospital libraries are facing budget pressure involving clinical staff

– using mobile devices and apps to deliver information to health professionnals

– the new version of Elsevier MDConsult, now called ClinicalKey

– medical e-books at OUP and BMJ

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Harris, Sian. Bringing information to doctors. Research Information, Aug./Sept. 2012. pp. 19-21. Available from:



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August 9, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Research Information (June/July 2012): again an amazing issue!

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Patients as partners: Reports from the Health 2.0 workshop held recently in Lyon, France

Patients as partners
David Stuart. Web 2.0 in libraries should be more than social media.
Dave explains the differences between social media and Web 2.0 and gives some clues to other avenues that still need to be explored by the library and information professional.
Michael Clarke. The need for semantics. Definition and role of semantics, and what is the future impact on journals publishing.
 David Armstrong. Does ‘commercial’ have to be a dirty word?. David defends the superiority of the golden Open Access model
Sian Harris. Opening up e-book access. Sian explains how the topic of Open Access e-book is emerging.

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June 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Social tools for US Libraries: an update

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Based on a new report by Joseph McKendrick.  The Digital Squeeze: Libraries at the Crossroads surveyed 730 public, academic, special, education, and government libraries in the US.

Librarians report a levelling off in the use of Facebook and LinkedIn to connect with customers and the use of wikis and blogs is declining.  However, more of them are using collaborative tools including the sharing of web pages, subject guides, and the use of document-sharing, photo and video sharing web apps.

Libraries, unsurprisingly, reported an increased demand for ebooks, wireless connectivity and other technology tools and services.  More than one-third of the respondents reported that they spent more money on information technology hardware, software, and related IT services over the past year. 

More libraries are moving to the cloud for operational support and content storage.  26% of them are already offering e-readers, with one respondent stating that this activity will be an area of ‘extreme growth’.


Skelton, Val. Libraries, the digital squeeze and ebooks. InformationToday Europe, 12th of April 2012. Available from: [Accessed 13th April 2012]

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April 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm

STM eBooks: promise and challenges after 5 formative years of experimentation

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An interesting white paper, sponsored by Springer, where 5 consultants give their conclusions after first years of experimentation.

eBooks have evolved considerably over the last fi ve years, beyond the more mature, but less dynamic eJournals space. Th ey are now poised at an intersection of library, technology and research trends that afford great opportunities and challenges, for both the library and publisher communities.

Similar to the formative years of STM eJournals adoption, eBook uptake shows both promise and challenges:promise as an efficient source for research, and challenges as stakeholders grasp how best to manage this relatively new content format.

In their sixth year, eBooks are entering an Age of Experimentation… (…)


  • In Their Infancy: eBooks Helped Librarians and Researchers Work Smarter, But…
  • eBooks Today: As Many Questions as There Are Answers
  • eBooks Tomorrow: A Bright, If Uncertain, Future

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March 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

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Students like iPad and Apps but do not purchase ebooks

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In spite of constant media attention around new forms of technology and especially e-books students still appear to be reticent about embracing new technologies in their studies. (…)

The students in the group, who studied a range of subjects at universities in and around London, felt there was a constant push for them to move to digital but they were resisting it. Although respondents were seeing increasingly more iPads and e-readers at university and they expected more use of e-books in the future, they were unanimous in the hope that this wouldn’t come at the expense of face-to-face time and hard-copy texts. (…)

The students in the focus group said that they used a wide range of online sources and databases (mentions included JSTOR, Project MUSE, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Athens, Emerald journals, LexisLibrary, Westlaw UK, ISI Web of Knowledge and Inspiration). They also used search resources including Google Scholar and Wikipedia. However, it was startling (and distinctly disheartening to the publishers watching the group) how little the students bought digital study resources and e-books. (…)

Medical students had by far the greatest use of apps for their studies…

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Kedros, Jenny. Focus group reveals reticence about move to digital. Research Information, 28th of February 2012.

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February 29, 2012 at 8:04 pm

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Hard-copy Book: Is this the end?

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We’ve already heard such arguments below a dozen of times for 2 last years.
Studies on the growth of the e-book market reveal that tablet computers and e-readers may put an end to real paper-based books. The US Book Industry Study Group found that nearly half of those who bought both print and digital books would abandon the hard copies. (…)

“It is only a matter of time before we stop killing trees and all publications become digital,”  (…) “The e-book market is developing very fast, with consumer attitudes and behaviors changing over the course of months” (…) Concerns about e-book reading are diminishing, with people mainly wishing for lower device prices (…) Owning e-readers tended to ramp up the amount of money people spent on titles (…)

“I think it is a myth that it is going to kill the print book business,”  “Will it force publishers to think differently?”  “Absolutely, but it doesn’t spell the demise of print (book) publishing.”

Agence France-Presse.Tablets, e-readers closing book on ink-and-paper era. The Raw Story, posted on Thursday, December 29, 2011.

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January 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm

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The future of eBooks: a collaborative comsuption

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The concept of Rachel Botsman fits well with evolution of readers’ behavior.

The way that people consume music has changed dramatically in recent years.  Anders Mildner, a journalist and media analyst from Sweden, speaking at Online Information 2011, believes the way people read and relate to books will follow a similar pattern.  The consumption of books, like music, will become less passive and more social.

New forms of e-book will enable readers to share reading experiences, just as they share music and playlists.  Reading will become a more participatory activity.  Although the value of books as physical objects will decrease, their value as social objects will increase.  Publishers and authors will look to develop works that can be enjoyed as social, shared experiences.  Librarians, and others, will need to re-engage with what reading is all about.  Publishers need to develop new business models

Skelton, Val. The future of ebooks.  Information Today Europe, Posted on 8th of December 2011.

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December 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

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Free ebooks for diabetes management by Novo-Nordisk

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Press release:

Today, Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, launched a free 5-volume diabetes educational e-book series, designed to help patients work with their health care team to better manage their diabetes.

The e-book series is part of Cornerstones4Care™, an innovative patient support program that provides highly customizable diabetes information through the comprehensive interactive website


Novo Nordisk is committed to helping patients achieve their diabetes goals and saw a need to make diabetes management information more accessible. According to the Association of American Publishers, as of February 2011 e-books ranked as the number one selling format among all categories of trade publishing and sales are continuing to increase.

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September 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm

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Books publisher: a healthy business

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Despite Internet and ebooks, book sales has known ” a 42% increase in the number of books sold over the last 10 years” in UK.
Cramer, Teresa. Wanted dead or alive: books. EContent Blog, Online, the 14th of september 2011.

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September 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm

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