ERIC Number: EJ1087219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
A Two-Step Model for Assessing Relative Interest in E-Books Compared to Print
Knowlton, Steven A.
College & Research Libraries, v77 n1 p20-33 Jan 2016
Librarians often wish to know whether readers in a particular discipline favor e-books or print books. Because print circulation and e-book usage statistics are not directly comparable, it can be hard to determine the relative interest of readers in the two types of books. This study demonstrates a two-step method by which librarians can assess the appeal of books in various formats. First, a nominal assessment of use or nonuse is performed; this eliminates the difficulty of comparing print circulation to e-book usage statistics. Then, the comparison of actual use to Percentage of Expected Use (PEU) is made. By examining the distance between PEU of e-books to PEU of print books in a discipline, librarians can determine whether patrons have a strong preference for one format over another.
Descriptors: Librarians, Electronic Publishing, Printed Materials, Books, Comparative Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Preferences, Use Studies, Statistical Analysis, College Libraries, Coding, Intellectual Disciplines
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
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