Statistically speaking, how popular were our ebooks in 2017?

The ebooks@cambridge team have collated the ebook collection usage statistics for the calendar year 2017. Last year over 56,000 academic ebook titles were consulted across nearly 60 platforms. Cambridge librarians can download the whole dataset from the Usage statistics section of the ebooks@cambridge intranet site, but a brief summary of the findings is also presented in this post.

4,035,929 hits were recorded on ebooks…

Lets have a look at how these hits were distributed:

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Ebook usage spiked in 2017, there was over a 22% rise on 2016 figures, after a couple of years of levelling out. The graph below illustrates the growth in our ebook collection usage since 2012, during this 6 year period there has been a rise of over 284%:

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October was once again the standout month where our ebooks were working the hardest (over 617,000 hits), followed closely by November. September was the sleepiest month for our ebook collections but they still attracted over 138,000 hits:

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Platform highs

Our most popular ebook platforms are well used generally because there are large numbers of ebook titles hosted on them (including titles which appear on sometimes multiple reading lists), covering a wide range of subjects.

The 5 ebook platforms with the highest usage were:

  • MyiLibrary* (896,162)
  • Dawsonera (662,853)
  • Cambridge Core** (626,680)
  • Ebook Central (469,381)
  • SpringerLink (347,544)

*MyiLibrary is now no more, as of April 2018 all owned titles migrated to Ebook Central.
**These figures exclude Cambridge Companions, Histories, and Shakespeare Survey titles.

Some of the ebooks platforms which have seen the highest increase in usage don’t necessarily host large numbers of ebook titles or receive many thousands of hits; for example Manchester Medieval Sources Online (MMSO) is included but only offers a very small focused collection of well respected titles. The number of hits on MMSO in 2017 was 549, so relatively few, but this was a very substantial increase in hits from the 2016 usage figures, hence MMSO’s inclusion in the list below.

The 5 ebook platforms/collections with the highest rises in usage were:

  • Ebook Central (+3319%)
  • Manchester Medieval Sources Online (+2514%)
  • JSTOR (+1941%)
  • University Press Scholarship Online (+485%)
  • Cambridge Companions (+391%)

Platform lows

Some of our ebook platforms host only one or two titles, or the ebooks are of very niche interest, for example the Italian-language platform Torrossa, Kotobarabia which hosts Arabic content, or Nomos where only one title has so far been purchased. Just because these ebook platforms receive fewer hits does not mean that the titles hosted on them are less valuable; bearing this in mind the five platforms with lowest usage were:

  • Nomos (7)
  • Kotobarabia (27)
  • IEEE (73)
  • Brepols (100)
  • Torrossa (114)

There are a wide variety of reasons for falls in usage, course and reading list changes, maybe a previously well used title is replaced by another, and sometimes publishers change how they count usage statistics. Here are the five platforms which saw the greatest usage declines:

  • Ovid (-74%)
  • English Historical Documents (-59%)
  • IOP Science (-38%)
  • Oxford Textbook of Medicine (-30%)
  • Wiley Online (-23%)

 

And finally, the top 20 ebooks for 2017 embrace a wide range of subjects…

Click on the links for authenticated access, on and off-campus:

  1. Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law* (17,877 hits)
  2. The Economics of Money, Banking and Financial Markets (17,183 hits)
  3. Brain Gender (15,901 hits)
  4. Chicago Manual of Style (14,561 hits)
  5. Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist’s Companion (14,469 hits)
  6. Bach’s Well-tempered Clavier: The 48 Preludes and Fugues (12,129 hits)
  7. Organizational Behavior Global Edition (12,125 hits)
  8. Research Methods in Education (10,435 hits)
  9. Commentary on Lysias, Speeches 1-11 (10,212 hits)
  10. Glaciers and Glaciation, 2nd edition (9,002 hits)
  11. Ponto de Encontro: Pearson New International Edition (8,824 hits)
  12. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (8,812 hits)
  13. Kicking Away the Ladder (8,441 hits)
  14. Classroom-based Research and Evidence-based Practice : A Guide for Teachers (8,262 hits)
  15. Operations Management (8,150 hits)
  16. Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach (7,578 hits)
  17. Saul Kripke (7,176 hits)
  18. The Good Research Guide: For Small-Scale Social Research Projects (7,082 hits)
  19. Principles of Neural Science, Fifth Edition (7,060 hits)
  20. The Psychology of Language : From Data to Theory (6,821 hits)

*Considered an individual title by the publisher, but is actually more like an electronic resource, giving access to various titles. We have included it though as the number of hits it received seems to stand alone and is not the sum of the hits for the titles which appear on OSAIL.

Want to know more?

Download the complete spreadsheet of usage statistics for 2017 from the Usage statistics section of the ebooks@cambridge intranet site, or contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

 

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New ebooks – June 2018

Here is a taster of the  titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during June. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

A complete list of ebook purchases is available to Cambridge library staff to download from the ebooks@cambridge section of the Cambridge Libraries Intranet.

All of the titles can be found in iDiscover. Alternatively, click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Arts & Humanities

Engl1  Engl2  AMES1  MML1  Arch1  MML2

Humanities & Social Sciences

Afr1  Educ1  Educ2  Educ3  Geog1  Geog2  SAS1  Afr2  Hist1  Hist2  Hist3  Educ4  Educ5  Geog3  Afr3  Educ6  Educ7  Soc1  Hist4 Soc2  Geog4  Educ7

Business & Management and Engineering

Eng1  Bus1  Bus2  Bus3

 


 

Vietnam under French rule: now available through Cambridge Archive Editions Online

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ebooks@cambridge and the South Asian Studies Library are pleased to announce that members of the University now have online access to the first four volumes of Vietnam under French rule 1919-1946 : the nationalist challenge and the Japanese threat, published by Cambridge Archive Editions and available through East View Information Services. Access is available on and off-campus here and there is a record for the set in iDiscover.

Cambridge Archive Editions Online presents a wealth of historical reference materials from the National Archives which otherwise would remain unknown, difficult to access, or fragmentary. For many years CAE has specialized in the history of the Middle East, Russia and the Balkans, the Caucasus, Southeast Asia, and China and the Far East. Now, through collaboration between Cambridge University Press and East View, these materials are made searchable and accessible with document-level citations and rich indexing.

CAE1The first four volumes of Vietnam under French rule supply some of the key documents which illustrate the sometimes surprising role played by the British government in shaping the territories which were to become Vietnam. By way of illustration, Volume 1 contains an appeal to Britain for the recognition of Annamite claims made at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 by one Nguyen ai Quoc (later known as Ho Chi Minh), which was dismissed by Foreign Office officials as insignificant and unworthy of reply. Yet Volume 4 closes in the early months of 1946, as the British government and British troops stationed in the southern half of a divided Indochina oversaw the evacuation of Japanese troops and facilitated the re-entry of the French.

This purchase was jointly funded by the South Asian Studies Library and ebooks@cambridge. If you have any questions about the resource or platform, please contact either the Librarian at the South Asian Studies Library or ebooks@cambridge.

 

Facet Publishing titles are now on Cambridge Core

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Facet Publishing ebooks for library and information professionals are now live on Cambridge Core.

“Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the library and information association is the leading publisher of academic and professional books for library and information professionals, students and researchers of Library and Information Science and archivists, records managers and the cultural heritage community globally.”

For the cataloguers out there you may be interested in J. H. Bowman’s Essential Cataloguing: the basics and Vanda Broughton’s Essential Classification (2nd ed.). essential cataloguing bowman          essential classification broughton

For those working in research data management you may find titles such as Andy Tattersall’s Altmetrics or Rice and Southall’s The Data Librarian’s Handbook useful.  altmetrics        data librarians handbook

Subjects covered also include Archives Management, Acquisitions and Collections Development, Copyright Information Law and Ethics, Information Literacy, Library Design, Museums and Cultural Heritage, and Scholarly Communication.

Layout 1   information literacy   copyright   rare books

Facet publications are available for all University of Cambridge registered staff and students to access, both on and off campus (with a Raven login) and these titles will be searchable in iDiscover soon.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jayne and Lindsay in the ebooks team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

New ebooks – May 2018

Here is a taster of the 83 titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during May. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

A complete list of ebook purchases is available to Cambridge library staff to download from the ebooks@cambridge section of the Cambridge Libraries Intranet.

All of the titles can be found in iDiscover. Alternatively, click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Arts & Humanities

AMES1  Phil1  AMES2  Div1  MML1  MML2  AMES3  MML3  Film1  Perf1  Engl1  Engl2

Humanities & Social Sciences

Anth1  Educ1  Geog1  Hist1  POLIS1  SAS1  Sust1  Educ3  Geog2  POLIS2  Educ4  Geog3  POLIS3  Sust2  Educ5  Geog4  POLIS4  Educ6  POLIS5 POLIS6  Crim1  HPS1

Science, Engineering and Medicine

Eng2  Med1  Sust2  Eng3

 

Business & Management

Bus2  Bus1  Bus3  Bus4   

 

Intersentia and Wits University Press books available on Cambridge Core

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Cambridge Universty Press have partnered with the following two publishing houses in 2018:

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Intersentia Ltd is an independent and rapidly developing international publishing house based in Cambridge, UK. The Intersentia list covers private and public law, as well as the criminal law of different jurisdictions, European Union law, comparative law, international law and human rights. They publish academic, professional, and educational monographs and edited collections.

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Wits University Press was established in 1922. As the oldest university press in South Africa, it is strategically placed at the crossroads of African and global knowledge production and dissemination. It is highly regarded for the high quality and progressive content of its publications, as well as it’s increasingly broadening author base, including researchers from across Africa.

Intersentia and Wits University Press ebooks are hosted alongside tens of thousands of other partner press and Cambridge University Press titles on Cambridge Core and the titles are available for University of Cambridge registered users to access (on and off campus via a Raven login) in the usual way. All the titles available so far (83 Intersentia and 83 WUP) were published in 2018. You can download a list of available titles from the relevant press home page on the Cambridge Core site or from Intersentia and Wits University Press. These collections will grow as new titles are published and added to Cambridge Core.

These newly available titles will be available in iDiscover soon.

Please click on the dust jacket images below to access the full text of some of these newly published titles:

European Contract Law     Human rights in a positive state     Children's rights

Regarding Muslims: from slavery to post-apartheid     Fees must fall    The First Ethiopians

If you have any questions, please contact Jayne and Lindsay in the ebooks team at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Duke University Press: new ebooks for 2018

Raymond Knapp traces the musical legacy of German Idealism as it led to the declining prestige of composers such as Haydn while influencing the development of American popular music in the nineteenth century, in Making Light: Haydn, Musical Camp, and the Long Shadow of German Idealism, published recently by Duke University Press.        making light

Knapp identifies in Haydn and in early popular American musical cultures such as minstrelsy and operetta a strain of high camp—a mode of engagement that relishes both the superficial and serious aspects of an aesthetic experience—that runs antithetical to German Idealism’s musical paradigms. Making Light is just one of 35 new titles published so far in 2018, now available on the Duke University Press Books platform for University of Cambridge registered users, thanks to continued funding by the University Library. Click on the covers below to view the full text of some of these titles in subjects including African American Studies, African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology/Ethnography, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Film & Television Studies, Gay & Lesbian Studies/Queer Theory, Gender Studies/Feminist Theory, Latin American Studies, Music, Philosophy, and Science Studies.

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archiveology    Tropical riffs    Bodyminds    Primer for teaching African Studies

A further 95 titles will be published online during 2018 and alongside these, members of the University have access to the owned 2017 and 2016 collections and over 2,200 back list titles published between 1964 and 2015. Full-text availability is indicated at the title and chapter level by the following symbol Available.

All available titles are listed on iDiscover and access is available both on and off-campus, via the authenticated links in the iDiscover records. If accessing from off campus you will be directed to log in with your Raven username and password. Alternatively, you can search the collection by subject, author or title on the Duke University Press Books platform.

If you have any comments or questions about this collection please contact the ebooks@cambridge team at ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

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Cambridge Elements on Cambridge Core

Cambridge University Press have recently started to publish titles in their innovative Cambridge Elements series; these are “original, concise, authoritative, and peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific research, organised into focused series edited by leading scholars, and providing comprehensive coverage of the key topics in disciplines spanning the arts and sciences. Regularly updated and conceived from the start for a digital environment, they provide a dynamic reference resource for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners.”

Cambridge University Press are allowing free access to published Elements on the Cambridge Core platform for a limited period of time; there are currently 14 available titles spanning series such as Corporate Governance, Emerging Theories and Technologies in Metamaterials, Religion and Violence, Flexible and Large-Area Electronics, Political Economy, Public Policy, and Evolutionary Economics.

All of the titles are available to read online (as PDFs or in HTML) or may be purchased in print and all of them are searchable in iDiscover.

            

There are many more series with titles forthcoming, these include;

 

 

 

 

 

New ebooks – March and April 2018 double issue

Here is a taster of the 177 titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during March and April. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

A complete list of ebook purchases is available to Cambridge library staff to download from the ebooks@cambridge section of the Cambridge Libraries Intranet.

All of the titles can be found in iDiscover. Alternatively, click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Arts & Humanities

Arch1  AMES1  Div1  Engl1  MML1  AMES2  Engl2  Arch2  MML2  AMES3  Eng3  MML3  MML4  MML5

Humanities & Social Sciences

Econ1  Educ1  Hist1  HPS1  POLIS1  Soc1  Soc2  Soc3  Soc4  Educ2  Educ3  Hist2  Hist3  Soc6  Educ4  Educ5  Hist4  LatAm1  POLIS2 Soc7  Soc8  SAS1

Sciences & Medicine

Physics1  MatSoc1  Med1  Psych1

 

Business & Engineering

Engineering  Business  Business2  Business3  Business4  Business5

 

Oxford Handbooks Online – new titles for 2018

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The ebooks@cambridge service is pleased to announce the purchase of the 2018 Oxford Handbooks Online collections in twelve subject areas across Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This purchase adds to the considerable backfile of handbooks already available to the Cambridge community via the Oxford Handbooks Online platform, and has been funded by the UL’s English Collections budget, the Connell Fund, and the Squire Law Library.

Coverage

The twelve subjects covered are: Archaeology, Classical Studies, Economics & Finance, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology and Religion. Here are a few of the completed 2018 titles that are already available – click on the covers for authenticated access:

water politics     community music     american sports law     freedom

Later medieval     economic geography     ethics of war     sources of international law

Monthly updates to the platform ensure that chapters from as yet unfinished handbook titles are available online in advance of print publication. With this, University of Cambridge registered users receive the most current, and authoritative coverage possible, although bibliographic records will not appear in iDiscover until handbook titles are complete.

Brand new titles in 2018 (not in iDiscover yet) include…

Access

Oxford Handbooks Online can be accessed on and off campus via Raven. MARC records for completed ebooks in the 2018 collections are available in iDiscover  (ebooks in previous years’ collections are already searchable through iDiscover) with regular updates for completed new titles added during the year.

Please contact the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk if you have queries or feedback on this collection.

algorithmic music  eating disorders  computational economics