The sales’ growth and the development of e-books have been hotly debated at this year’s London Book Fair, with the e-books for academia market acknowledged as being further developed than other areas....
A panel at the London Book Fair believe that a key myth has been shattered by early results from JISC Collections’ recently concluded e-books observatory project. (During this two-year project, JISC provided UK university students with free access to 36 core e-textbooks in science, technology and medicine to all UK university students, to monitor their usage patterns.)
The presumption that increased e-book usage will negatively affect sales is overturned by the report. Its findings reveal that, in reality, e-book usage actually has ‘no impact’ on print sales....
Caren Milloy manages the e-books observatory project on behalf of JISC Collections. Milloy said that the two-year effort is the largest e-book study ever conducted, with around 48,000 survey responses and using information gathered from 127 UK universities....
The results from the e-books observatory project will be published in June.
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.