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UK scholarly e‐book usage: a landmark survey

David Nicholas (School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London, London, UK)
Ian Rowlands (School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London, London, UK)
David Clark (School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London, London, UK)
Paul Huntington (School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London, London, UK)
Hamid R. Jamali (Department of Educational Technology, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Tarbiat Moallem University, Tehran, Iran)
Candela Ollé (Department of Library and Information Sciences, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Article publication date: 6 July 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This JISC funded UK National E‐Books Observatory study is a benchmarking survey of e‐book usage and perceptions in more than 120 participating universities. The paper aims to present the results that investigated: use of e‐books in general (methods of obtaining e‐books, reasons for using, viewing/reading behaviour in connection with e‐books); use of e‐books provided by the library; use of JISC collection texts (use and awareness); use of the library and print material in general.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is based on an online survey which was conducted between 18 January and 1 March 2008, over which period 22,437 full or partial responses were received.

Findings

The study shows that e‐book penetration is very strong (61.8 per cent of all students are already using them in connection with their scholarly work, as teachers or students), so the e‐book revolution has already happened but clearly it has some way to go.

Originality/value

The paper presents the results of the biggest survey of its kind ever conducted, which represents a huge advance in one's knowledge of e‐book use on a national scale.

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Citation

Nicholas, D., Rowlands, I., Clark, D., Huntington, P., Jamali, H.R. and Ollé, C. (2008), "UK scholarly e‐book usage: a landmark survey", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 60 No. 4, pp. 311-334. https://doi.org/10.1108/00012530810887962

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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