Sunday, 12 July 2009

E-books in Scandinavia - 3

In its blog, Publit, the Swedish print-on-demand publisher we mentioned in an earlier post, refers to an interesting survey of e-book use among unversity students that was carried out recently by the UK's JISC (Join Information Systems Committee). Although the findings relate to e-books in the academic world, they may have some relevance to the field of electronic publishing in general. Print sales, the survey suggests,
indicated that making course text e-books freely available through the library is not a threat to print sales revenue. Many of the print versions of the e-books made available through the Observatory project actually increased their sales against what was expected. So just as the librarians say, students are using e-books in addition to the print they have bought or borrowed; they co-exist.

3 comments:

  1. Hi David et al,

    I was just wondering how it is I can contact the bloggers of Nordic Voices regarding a question I have? Is there an email that I could email? I have quite a bit of a question you see, with details about a project I'm currently involved in and would be too long for blog comment!

    Just message me back at my page or at holtenjohn (at) gmail . com

    Thanks and great blog!

    jh

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  2. When reading the articles that David referred us to, I came across one bit of jargon I didn't understand: "e-book platform". What exactly is one of those? I found, when Googling, that people tended to use the expression rather than define it.

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  3. John, if you click on my name in the "Contributors" sidebar, you'll see an email address that you can write to.

    Eric, I think an e-book "platform" is just another name for an e-book service, i.e. a service that supplies e-books for download.

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