Now Available: Preliminary Findings From a ReadersFirst Follow-Up to an Elending Project Study Focusing on Three Vendors in the USA and Canada
From an Introductory Blog Post/Summary:
The impetus for this study was mainly due to the work of Rebecca Giblin of Monash University and her Australian colleagues. They began by examining 546 titles from 5 ebook vendors in Australia. See their work at http://www.elendingproject.org/.
Members of ReadersFirst were intrigued by the results of the Australian study which found substantial variations in availability, price, and licensing models for the titles across the 5 vendors. The ReadersFirst team decided to see what the results might be if major ebook vendors in the USA and Canada were compared.
Additionally, the Monash team went on to complete a 100,000 title study, looking at the same 546 titles for one vendor (OverDrive) across the five countries. Two papers on the studies have been published and can be found here and here.
Direct to Preliminary Findings
Note: Final results will be published in October 2019.
Read the Complete Blog Post/Summary
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.