Sharon Moreland, Technology Consultant for the Northeast Kansas Library System, attended and took some impressive notes during today’s virtual summit, Ebooks: The New Normal, including these highlights from Library Journals’ VP, Group Publisher Ian Singer’s presentation of data from our hot-off-the presses 2011 Ebook Penetration & Use Reports:
- 108% expected increase in eBook circulation, 43% in schools and 17% in Academic (without some of the biggest publishers).
- Preloaded ereading devices are the growing trend
- ePub and dedicated readers are the preferred format
- Adult fiction, best sellers, adult nonfiction are most popular, growing popular = children’s books
- At schools, it’s children’s nonfiction and children’s fiction are most popular, with graphic novels represented, as well.
- Academics use ebooks for Reference
- Increase in ebook request from users? 660% increase of YES in publics
- Onward buying of all things “e” expected in the next five years, most for Academics.
- Most prevalent model is one use, while most preferred license model is max access, unlimited circs and patron drive acquisition
- For the libraries who are not going to carry ebooks 48% will be adding in the next 2 years, 33% of publics say purchasing ebooks isn’t a priority and only 6% reported taht they WON’T offer eBooks.
- Why not? cost, not sure which platform will come out on top.
- Public frustration with lack of availability, long holds, difficulty to use and lack of platform support (Kindle)
- Growth in number of libraries offering a digital collection link to their web site went from 52% to 87%.
Twitter was also ablaze as the #ebksmt hashtag stayed active throughout the day as attendees shared their favorite quotes and insights.
We’ll have more coverage from the summit over the next couple of days, but be sure to check out these posts from earlier today, too:
- Dramatic Growth | LJ‘s Second Annual Ebook Survey
- LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit Panelists Remind Librarians of an Old Creed: Free to All
- LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit: Academic Panel Tackles PDA, Ebook Discovery
If you attended, let us know what your favorite highlights were in the comments, or via email.