consumption _opportunities_discoverability&access

Key discoverability & access issues

  • Digital resources on the open web
  • Search within the text to discover the info you need
  • Access from (potentially) any device

References

Digital resources on the open web

From: University of Nottingham (Open Nottingham): Case study
In the university context we need to think more about marketing. We want to reach all our audiences so discovery is very important.  The iTunes platform is a major positive factor in discovery and means for example that the ebooks we produce are immediately discoverable through Google too.

University of California Libraries UC Libraries Academic e-Book Usage Survey. Springer eBook Pilot Project. May 2011

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The third critical e-book discovery tool –Internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo –were identified as a point of  access by 33% of Springer e-book users and 43% of general academic e-book users. Efforts toensure the inclusion of academic e-books in aggregations such as Google Scholar are vital.

Search within the text to discover the info you need

University of California Libraries UC Libraries Academic e-Book Usage Survey.Springer eBook Pilot Project. May 2011

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The ability to search within and across e-book content is identified as the primary advantage of e-books, regardless of whether a respondent prefers print book or e-books.
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Searching within e-Books
The ability tosearch within and across e-book content is identified as a primary advantage of e-books,regardless of whether a respondent preferprint books or e-books. Essentially, the power and convenience associated with search within the e-book environment is highly valued, reflected by an overwhelming 95%of respondents who identify themselves as having used e-books rating the ability to search within the full text of items to be very or somewhat important.
“Being able to search the book for keywords is fantastic. It has changed how I read. Especially when looking for secondary sources that lie further outside my field, but might be appropriate.”(Graduate Student, Arts & Humanities)

From: Ebook consumption: Keller: reading habits of undergraduates briefing Feb2013
Search functionality is a major plus of online books.

Access from (potentially) any device

From: JISC TechWatch: Preparing for Effective Adoption and Use of Ebooks in Education, November 2012. [Page 13]
“Sales of e-readers such as Kindles and iPads have been increasing rapidly. Through this expansion of sales, the general public has gained better understanding of what an ebook is, the advantages that the ebook format can bring to reading, and the issues that can arise when using ebooks and e-readers. Furthermore, increasing usage of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets has allowed more people to access and use ebooks beyond the traditional confines of the home- or work-based computer”

University of California Libraries UC Libraries Academic e-Book Usage Survey. Springer eBook Pilot Project. May 2011
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Mobile Devices
The dedicated e-book reader, such as the Kindle, and mobile devices, such as the iPhone, offer significant advantage over the personal computer as well as the print book for a noteworthy number of respondents. The ability to read an e-book on a dedicated e-book reader was ranked as very or  somewhat important by 32% of respondents; 36% rank the ability to read on a mobile device as very or somewhat important. The use of mobile platforms by those conducting academic research is a practice worth noting as there is a high probability that the trend toward their use will continue an upward movement, particularly with the increasing popularity of the iPad and tablet PCs.