First Edition Design Publishing
We wanted to address a few points about the free downloadable report mentioned in our last post, courtesy of the good people at eBrary. It was based on a paper by Allen M. McKiel, Ph.D., Dean of Library Services, Western Oregon University.
The report shows a clear preference for libraries to provide access for patrons
to mobile offline reading. Interestingly, the reader of choice is the Apple iPad for offline reading (the seemingly popular Amazon Kindle ranked fifth), while Windows based desktop/ laptops led the tethered (on-line) category and the Kindle ranked sixth.
The study was primarily answered by academic librarians, which may have influenced the numbers in that the iPad is popular among students.
Amazon Kindle’s massive sales numbers are not reflected in the survey. With just 7% of the responses coming from public libraries, the report may not be representative of what the general public is reading eBooks on. Over 70% of the answers came from the United States. Again, it may show trends among American academic libraries, but not necessarily the world-view of accessing information.
It was shocking to see no replies from Japan, while there where 2 from Afghanistan. Norway (9 responses) outdid Brazil and Argentina that combined for a total of 2. It is not known if the survey was only offered in English.
Overall, the 27 question survey does provide an outstanding look at trends. It is well worth downloading and taking a look… whether you are tethered or offline.
About First Edition Design Publishing:
First Edition Design Publishing is the world’s largest eBook and POD (Print On Demand) book distributor. Ranked first in the industry, First Edition Design Publishing converts and formats manuscripts for every type of platform (e-reader). They submit Fiction, Non-Fiction, Academic and Children’s Books to Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Sony, Google, Kobo, Diesel, 3M, Ingram, Baker and Taylor, Nielsen, EBSCO, and over 100,000 additional on-line locations including retailers, libraries, schools, colleges and universities. The company’s POD division creates printed books and makes them available worldwide through their distribution network. First Edition Design Publishing is a licensed and approved Aggregator and holds licenses with Apple and Microsoft.