Professional Publishing in the Digital Age: E-Books in Libraries

Date: April 23, 2011
Pages: 78
US$ 2,655.00
Publisher: Simba Information
Report type: Strategic Report
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Professional Publishing in the Digital Age: E-Books in Libraries
Electronic books offer creative possibilities for expanding access as well as changing learning behavior and academic research. Content can always be accessible, regardless of time or place, to be read on PCs or on portable book readers. Books need never go out of print, and new editions can be easily created. One can carry several titles at once on a portable reader and, over time, build a personal library.

Professional Publishing in the Digital Age: E-Books in Libraries examines how libraries are turning to e-books to strike a balance between patrons’ demands for openness and convenience and publishers’ needs for financial self-sustainability.

Features such as full text searching, changeable font size, mark-up, citation creation, and note taking are enhancing usability. Print text can be integrated with multi-dimensional objects, sound, and film to create a whole new kind of monographic work.

The report examines questions such as:
  • What happens to e-book usage when barriers to inconvenience are removed?
  • When patrons can have easy access to scholarly e-books, what does their usage look like and what does this predict for the future of these types of resources?
  • Are these innovative models more or less fiscally sound than their traditional counterparts?
  • What will make e-books a viable part of academic library collections?
  • What features, rights, business models, hardware and software standards are needed to meet the goals of large academic library systems to support open scholarly exchange?

In addition, the report will include sections on the following:
  • Academic institutions' experiences with e-books and their thoughts about the future of e-books.
  • Discussion of the pros and cons of e-books from a librarian’s perspective
  • Comparative analysis of library e-book use by budget size
  • Comparison of e-book sales vs. print sales—sales cannibalization or reinforcement?
  • Estimate of professional e-book sales to libraries worldwide
  • Projected growth of e-book sales to libraries through 2015
  • Popularity of e-books by subjects: Social Sciences and Humanities, Scientific and Technical, Medical, Law and Business
  • Means of securing access and protecting copyright
  • Profiles of e-book platforms such as Questia, netLibrary and Ebrary

Simba’s Professional Publishing market figures are global in scope. It’s a global market. If you’re competing in one or all of these segments, the competition does not conform to lines on a map. This report, and the others in the series, is produced to help executives make decisions in this environment.

Simba has a knowledge base from almost 20 years worth of perspective on these markets. A static industry, it’s one that’s affected by rapid changes in technology, the economy, mergers, partnerships, public policy and library budgets, and requires daily attention to understand the trends and project the market’s direction. As the bedrock of its research collection, you can count on this attention to be paid by Simba Information’s team of analysts who set the industry standard on market intelligence for the professional publishing industry.



Advantages of E-Books for Libraries
  Archiving and Long-Term Access
  Enhancements and Features
  Usage Statistics
  Cost Savings
Challenges E-Books Present to Libraries
  No Standard Format
  Digital Rights Management
  No Title by Title Acquisition
  Coordinating Staffs and Workflow
Pricing Models
Measuring E-Books in Libraries
Professional E-Book Platform Providers
  Gale Reference Library
  Other Players
User Experiences

Table 1.1: Growth of Electronic Materials in ARL Member Libraries 2005-2008
Table 1.2: Monograph Spend in ARL Libraries 2005-2008
Table 1.3: E-Book Title Output in Key Professional Subjects, 2008-2010


Professional Book Pricing in a Consumer Market
Category Growth
Professional Book Categories
  Politics & Government
  Social Science

Table 2.1: 2010 Bestselling Books Price Analysis, by Percentage Share
Table 2.2: Professional Book Categories by Total Growth, 2010
Table 2.3: Top 10 Bestselling Architecture Titles, Amazon Kindle, 2010
Table 2.4: Top10 Bestselling Architects & Architecture Titles, Sony Reader, 2010
Table 2.5: Top 10 Business & Investing Titles, Amazon Kindle, 2010
Table 2.6: Top 10 Business Titles, Sony Reader, 2010
Table 2.7: Top 10 Computers & Internet Titles, Amazon Kindle, 2010
Table 2.8: Top 10 Computer Titles, Sony Reader, 2010
Table 2.9: Top 10 Law Titles, Amazon Kindle, 2010
Table 2.10: Top 10 Law Titles, Sony Reader, 2010
Table 2.11: Top 10 Medicine Titles, Amazon Kindle, 2010
Table 2.12: Top 10 Medical Titles, Sony Reader, 2010
Table 2.13: Top 10 Politics & Current Events Titles, Amazon Kindle, 2010
Table 2.14: Top 10 Politics & Government Titles, Sony Reader, 2010
Table 2.15: Top 10 Psychology & Counseling Titles, Amazon Kindle, 2010
Table 2.16: Top 10 Psychology Titles, Sony Reader, 2010
Table 2.17: Top 10 Reference Titles, Amazon Kindle, 2010
Table 2.18: Top 10 Reference Titles, Sony Reader, 2010
Table 2.19: Top 10 Science Titles, Amazon Kindle, 2010
Table 2.20: Top 10 Science & Nature Titles, Sony Reader, 2010
Table 2.21: Top 10 Social Science Titles, Amazon Kindle, 2010
Table 2.22: Top 10 Social Sciences Titles, Sony Reader, 2010


Key Players
  Springer Science+Business Media
  Reed Elsevier
  John Wiley & Sons
  Wolters Kluwer
  Thomson Reuters
  Oxford University Press
Challenges and Trends
  Digital Rights Management
  Piracy: No Worries
  Device and Format Proliferation
  Pricing: Subscription vs. Purchase
  Advanced Features a Selling Point
  Free Information vs. Premium Content

Table 3.1: Revenue Growth, Leading Professional E-book Publishers, 2009-2010


The Evolution of E-Book Formats
The Platforms
  The Personal Computer
  Mobile Phone or PDA
  Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch
  Apple’s iPad and Other Tablets
  Dedicated Reading Devices
Future Devices
The Most Popular Devices Today

Table 4.1: Select Current U.S. E-Book Reading Devices, by Launch Date
Table 4.2: Devices Use to Read E-Books, 2008-2009

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