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1 Are students keeping up with the ebook evolution?; Are e-books keeping up with students evolving needs?; Distance Students and E-book usage. A Survey Maria Brahme and Lizette Gabriel Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California

2 Ebook statistics

3 Ebook Apps

4 The Ebook landscape is complex and confusing for patrons. Observations by an esteemed author Many platforms Many features Many websites Inconsistency Incompatibility – Smashword; NookSmashwordNook Lack of standards

5 Students, meanwhile, are increasingly tech savvy and have high, and specific, expectations of Ebooks I want to read it on my Kindle/Nook/Ipad I want to download and read it on my flight I want to print out a chapter I want to highlight/make notes/tab pages Faculty: I want my class to log into this book while I lecture

6 Pepperdine Environment Pepperdine University Total enrollment of 7,539 students Graduate programs of Study Graziadio School of Business Management (GSBM) Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) GSBM & GSEP total enrollment 3,455 for Both schools have 8 distance learning programs Total enrollment 634 students

7 Selecting Participants Participant selection Distance Interlibrary loan users 183 students on the list 100 students possible candidates for the survey

8 The study - preparation Pilot – validate survey/ created survey IRB Qualtrics

9 The Study Sent out survey with 2 reminders No renumeration 37 results = 37%

10 In terms of the overarching questions reflected in the title, Are students keeping up with the e-book evolution; are e-books keeping up with students evolving needs? answers are mixed. To some degree, students appear to be keeping abreast of the e-book evolution and demonstrate awareness of changing features. Many however, clearly are not aware of the transformations taking place with the electronic books medium. The findings are mixed because students are not aware of all the features, however, there are such an extensive number of e-book formats, available via the library and beyond that keeping up is challenging, even for librarians. As such, we have observed that e-books are, likewise, only partially keeping up with student needs. Some features make users very happy, while the lack of other features, and the dizzying array of platforms, technologies, and software create…

11 Findings: Question 4: Please tell us about your electronic book usage experience (check all that apply), 50% have used ebooks in library catalog 45% downloaded from non-library sources 14% never used an ebook

12 Findings: Question 13: In the last few years (check all that apply) 52% felt that ebooks have gotten easier to use 42% believe ebook features have improved 33% of participants indicated that they themselves had gotten better at using the ebook medium. 27%, a bit more than one fourth of the students, have not notices any changes in e-books, (theyre not keeping up) 3 participants, staunch anti-ebook individuals, would not use e-books regardless of changes or improvements (dont want to keep up)

13 Findings: Question 14: Ebook features: I would use e-books if (check all that apply) 71% I could highlight text onscreen 66% I could make notes on the pages 51% I could print everything I wanted to read 71% wanted to see e-books offer post-it like technology. 43%, wanted 24/7 availability for e-books 2 participants chose Nothing could make me want to use e-books.

14 Limitations, Drawbacks, Problems Encountered Participants self identify Questions result in ambiguous responses – need more details in questions 3 participants did not answer all questions

15 Recommendations for further research Purpose of book relative to format (for example research v. pleasure) Vendor perspective

16 Puzzling responses: Questions 9 & 10 9:What types of e-books do you use? 10:When do you prefer to use print books? 85% academic/research/school ebooks 82% same category print books pleasure reading at home: 17 used ebooks; 16 used print Cookbooks: 6 used ebooks; 7 chose print

17 Questions 9 & 10 TABLE 4 Use of E-book types What types of e-books do you use? (Check all that apply) Respons e % Academic/research/school2885 Technical manuals824 Cookbooks618 Pleasure reading at home1752 Pleasure reading while traveling1958 Travel guides39 Other, please explain26 TABLE 5 Reasons for using Print Books When do you prefer to use print books? (Check all that apply) Respon se % Academic/research/school2782 Technical manuals1339 Cookbooks721 Pleasure reading at home1648 Pleasure reading while traveling1236 Travel guides618 Other, please explain13

18 Thank You Questions


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