Survey Received 583 Respondents from 552 Individual Libraries Throughout
PALO ALTO, CALIF., June 12 /CNW/ - ebrary(R) (www.ebrary.com), a leading
provider of eContent services and technology, today announced that the results
of its informal eBook survey, completed by 583 librarians throughout the
world, are now publicly available at no cost. Anyone interested in receiving a
copy may register at
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=kqxPd1nXcrb9lRVf9ZWjQQ%3d%3d or visit
the ebrary booth (#1000) at the 2007 ALA Annual Conference exhibit, June 23-26
in Washington D.C.
ebrary's Global eBook Survey covers such topics as eBook usage, purchase
drivers and inhibitors, digitization and distribution platforms, and more. It
also includes an analysis of the results authored by Allen McKiel, Director of
Libraries, Northeastern State University.
"We originally designed this survey for internal use, so that we could
better understand the needs of our customers, both domestic and
international," said Kevin Sayar, President and Co-founder of ebrary. "Due to
its overwhelming response, we decided to make our Global eBook Survey results
available to the public. We'd like to thank all of the participants for
completing the survey, as well as Allen McKiel for helping us present the
findings in a manner most meaningful to the library community."
"ebrary's survey resulted in a body of information that can help
librarians better understand the complexities of the evolving information
sphere," said McKiel. "It was a pleasure to work with ebrary to analyze the
survey results. ebrary in this and other efforts has impressed me as a vendor
that continually strives to better understand and address the needs of its
Key survey findings include the following:
-- Respondents ranked Google and other search engines as the least
common ways that patrons find eBooks. Google and other search engines were
also indicated among the least prevalent factors that drive eBook usage, while
the library's catalog and professor and staff recommendations were indicated
as most prevalent.
-- 78% of respondents described usage of eBooks at their libraries as
fair to excellent.
-- 81% of respondents indicated that integration of eBooks with other
library resources and information on the web is "very" important.
-- The number of respondents who chose subscription and purchase as
their models of choice for acquiring digital content was almost equal.
-- 56% of respondents are digitizing their own content or actively
considering it, and 81% indicated that they will digitize their materials
-- Price, subject areas, and access models were indicated as the most
important factors when subscribing to or purchasing eBooks.
Librarians, publishers, and others are encouraged to provide their
thoughts on the survey results via ebrary's Global eBook Survey wiki at
About ebrary (www.ebrary.com)
ebrary(R) is a leading provider of eContent services and technology. The
company helps libraries, publishers, and other organizations disseminate
valuable information to end users, while improving end-user research and
The company has developed a flexible eContent platform, which customers
may use in a number of different, integrated capacities: ebrary customers may
purchase or subscribe to eBooks and other content under a variety of pricing
and access models, and they may license the ebrary platform to distribute,
sell, and market their own content online. All options are delivered using a
customizable interface and include the ebrary Reader(TM) with InfoTools(TM)
software, which enable integration with other resources to provide an
economical and efficient way to utilize information.
ebrary currently offers a growing selection of more than 120,000 eBooks
and other titles from more than 260 leading publishers and aggregators.
For four consecutive years, ebrary has been named to the EContent 100
list of "companies that matter most" in the digital content industry.
Founded in 1999, ebrary is privately held and is headquartered in Palo
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