May 22, 2022

UK: U. of Cambridge Library Shares Data About eBook Usage During 2016

From a Post on the ebooks@cambridge Blog:

We have recently completed the epic exercise of compiling 2016 usage statistics for over 75,000 ebooks on more than sixty platforms.


The steep growth in ebooks usage that we saw between 2013 and 2015 has slowed down and looks as though it is starting to plateau. Neverthless, there was still an increase in usage of 4.43% from 2015.

Other data/charts in the post includes:

  • Overall ebook usage by year
  • Share of titles by hit frequency
  • Overall ebook usage by month (2016)
  • The five ebook platforms with the biggest usage in 2016
  • The fastest growing platforms from 2015 (excluding newly acquired platforms)
  • The five platforms with lowest usage
  • Five platforms with the greatest falls in usage

The complete blog post is available here and also includes a list of the Top 20 ebook titles for 2016.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.