Primary Research Group Inc., has published *Academic Library Use of eBooks,
2017 Edition*, ISBN 978-157440-4210

The study looks closely at how 41 academic libraries are using eBooks. It
presents detailed data on eBook spending in 2015, 2016 and projected to
2017, highlighting spending on specific types of licensing models and
content providers.

The report also looks at how libraries are integrating eBooks into their
collections, and pinpoints the extent to which they hold titles in dual
print/eBook formats.

Other issues covered include: providing info literacy support for eBook
users, the role of consortia in eBook licensing, rates of change in eBook
use by library patrons, ease of use of using eBooks, provisions for
perpetual access, extent and nature of purchases from individual publishers
vs. aggregators, eBook collection development plans, use of book endowments
for eBook purchasing, use of eBooks for course reserves, trends in eBook
pricing, use of eTextbooks and more.

Just a few of the findings of this 140-page report are:

Mean spending on eTextbooks by the libraries sampled was $1,609 in the
2015-16 academic year. Median spending was 0.

Research universities in the sample have a corresponding print copy for an
estimated 25% of the eBooks in their collection.

In the past year, research universities sampled spent a mean of
approximately $296,000 for eBooks from contract with individual publishers
apart from aggregators.

4.55% of libraries sampled said that they would definitively not sign an
eBook license without guarantees of perpetual access while close to 30%
called it a very important consideration that they will forego only in
unique circumstances.

51% of eBook purchases in the entire sample were through some form of
ownership model.

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