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Successful Take-up of E-books at the
University of Portsmouth
Anne Worden
Faculty Librarian:
Humanities and Social Sciences
February 2012
Background
• Trial of networked e-books began in 2004
• Since 2005 use of e-books at Portsmouth has
increased by over 1000%
• Number of e-books increased from 15,000 to
75,000
• Books from Ebrary, MyiLibrary, DawsonEra
• UoP has the highest use of e-books in the UK
Ebrary Use by Year
20
04
/5
20
05
/6
20
06
/7
20
07
/8
20
08
/
20 9
09
20
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0
11
2
01
/1
2
(to 0/11
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12
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3500000
3000000
2500000
2000000
1500000
1000000
500000
0
How often do you use e-books?
45
40
35
30
25
20
15
10
5
0
HSS
Tech
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International
Frequency of use by percentage
Where do you access e-books?
40
35
30
25
20
15
10
5
0
HSS
Tech
Only
Uni
Mostly Equal Mostly Only
Uni
home home
48% of HSS & 51% of Tech students responding
access e-books mostly or only at home
How do you normally read info from e-books?
80
70
60
50
HSS
Tech
40
30
20
10
0
Screen
Print
Both
67% of HSS & 72% of Tech students
responding read e-books only on screen
Is there a gender difference?
Female
• More frequent use of
e-books
• More likely to find
e-books via catalogue
than male students
• Higher percentage find
e-books very useful for
their course
• More put off by
technology
Male
• Less aware of e-books
• More likely to find out
about e-books via
lecturers than female
students
• Higher percentage only
read e-books on-screen
• Slightly higher
percentage indicate they
read more as a result of
e-books
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Why do you use e-books?
35
30
25
20
15
10
5
0
HSS
Tech
Student Views – Advantages 1
So useful especially if
it’s a book everyone
on the course needs
and there are not
enough hard copies
Really convenient
Languages Yr 4
to use
Languages Yr 1
It is easy to
bookmark pages
and highlight so that
you can go back to
research easily
Eng Lit Yr 3
Great – really useful,
especially when all
books in library on
loan
Childhood Yr 2
Student Views – Advantages 2
E-books are easier to flick
through to find the right
chapters relevant to
assignment
Languages Yr 2
Copy and paste
saves a lot of
time when using
quotes in any essay
Languages Yr 2
Brilliant, life saver!
Extremely useful
and easy to use
Eng Lit Yr 3
The word search
is very useful and
often saves time
reading
irrelevant pages
Sociol Yr 3
You don’t have to
pay fines!!
Languages Yr 4
Given a choice, I would prefer to use:
60
59
50
44
40
30
20
23
HSS
Tech
17 21
13
11 12
10
0
e-book
print
no pref
depends
59% of HSS & 44% of Tech students
responding would prefer to use a printed book
Discriminating consumers
• For reading a novel, I would have a printed
version, but for research and other I would
use an e-book Eng Lit Yr 1
• Prefer printed books for long articles, e-book
for short references Eng Lit Yr 2
• For reading I prefer printed copies. For
extracting quotes, e-books are better Politics Yr 1
• Large books are better to read from paper
copy - foreign language sources are easier to
read from paper copy Languages Yr 2
• Whether it’s for pleasure or research Eng Lit Yr 1
Views from medics
• University of Pittsburgh survey of around 1000
• 86% of interns, residents & fellows used ebooks to support clinical care
• Preference for print for textbooks & manuals
• Preference for e-books for research protocols,
pharmaceutical & reference books
Folb, B. et al. (2011). Clinical and academic use of
electronic and print books: the Health Sciences Library
System e-book study at the University of Pittsburgh. Jnl
of the Medical Library Association, 99(3), 218-228
Top student concerns re e-books
• More e-books should be made available
– “Would be even more useful if there was more
available on Ebrary” Languages Yr 1
– “It would be nice if crucial resources were made
available in electronic format” Languages MA
• Printing should be cheaper
– “Can’t afford to keep printing”
Sociol Yr 2
• Computer access should be easier
– “Constant computer access problems” Languages Yr 2
– “I find it a lot harder to access Ebrary at home and it
often takes ages to load up” Sociol Yr 2
Top 10 UoP Ebrary books accessed
•
•
•
•
70,131
34,669
26,254
20,857
• 19,464
• 19,099
• 18,009
• 17,205
• 17,123
• 15,174
Sage dictionary of criminology
Biosocial Criminology : New Directions In Theory
Contemporary Leadership Theories
Future Savvy : Identifying Trends to Make
Better Decisions & Manage Uncertainty
Constitutional and Administrative Law
Labour Relations in the Global Fast-Food Industry
How to Price : A Guide to Pricing Techniques and
Yield Management
Doing Your Research Project : A Guide for FirstTime Researchers in Education
Introduction to Early Modern English
Afghanistan : How the West Lost Its Way
Top UoP science e-books accessed (Ebrary)
•
•
•
•
•
4,154
3,940
3,457
1,566
1,554
(No.80)
(No.89)
(No.98)
(No.281)
(No.283)
Challenges in colorectal cancer
Integrated coastal & ocean management
Soil mechanics
Olympic encyclopedia of sports medicine
Clinical periodontology & implant dentistry
• In other subjects 27 e-books had results over 10,000
Top UoP science e-books accessed
(MyiLibrary)
• 10,769 (No.3) Drug delivery & targeting for
pharmacists
• 1,124 (No.74) Sports development: policy
process & practice
• 437 (No.167) Food, nutrition & sports
performance
• In other subjects 4 e-books had results over
10,000
Why is use so high at Portsmouth?
• Sheer number of e-books available
• Students value convenience of e-books
• Copy+paste & word searching tools assist
students who are short of time
• Increased no. of students but lack of space
and money to increase no. of multiple copies
• E-books give fair access to all, regardless of
how late they leave it to look
• Promotion of e-books by lecturers & librarians
Top Tips
• Get to influential people first
• Run sessions showing how easy e-books are
• Make sure the books are integrated into the
catalogue
• Buy to meet particular needs
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