Ebooks usage 2016: a glance at the figures

We have recently completed the epic exercise of compiling 2016 usage statistics for over 75,000 ebooks on more than sixty platforms. Cambridge librarians can download the full dataset from the Usage statistics section of the ebooks@cambridge intranet site, but for those of you looking to get a quick idea, here are some key observations …

3.3 million hits were recorded on ebooks…

Let’s have a look at how these hits were distributed:

Share of titles by hit frequency

 

ebooks usage continues to increase, albeit more slowly…

As you can see from the graph below, the steep growth in ebooks usage that we saw between 2013 and 2015 has slowed down and looks as though it is starting to plateau. Neverthless, there was still an increase in usage of 4.43% from 2015.

Evolution ebooks hits 2012 onwards

No surprises, October was the busiest month for ebooks usage…

…followed closely by November, while at the other end of the spectrum July then June were the quietest:

Monthly usage

Let’s take a closer look at the platforms

The five ebook platforms with the biggest usage in 2016 were:

  • MyiLibrary (921,455)
  • Dawsonera (520,376)
  • ebrary (397,924)
  • Springer (249,965)
  • Cambridge Core (197,918)

The fastest growers from 2015 (excluding newly acquired platforms) were:

  • Wiley (+123.88%)
  • ICE Virtual Library (+100%)
  • English Historical Documents (+90.97%)
  • CRCnetBase Vet/Engineering/Physics (+90.91%)
  • Brill (+66.14%)

At the other end, the five platforms with lowest usage were:

  • Kotobarabia (17)
  • Manchester Medieval Sources (21)
  • University Press Scholarship Online (60)
  • GeoScienceWorld (71)
  • Archaeopress (77)

And the five platforms with the greatest falls in usage?

  • Elsevier eLibrary* (-85.35%)
  • Kotobarabia (-83.65%)
  • AccessMedicine (-70.03%)
  • SIAM (-65%)
  • IEEE (-60.34%)

*It should be noted that Elsevier have changed the way they count the usage for their eLibrary platform, from counting page views to chapter views, hence why the medical etextbooks statistics have dipped dramatically.

And finally, the top 20 ebooks for 2016 were …

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

  1. Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law* (22,384 hits)
  2. Brain gender (12,263 hits)
  3. Reconstructing quaternary environments (11,809 hits)
  4. Classroom-based research and evidence-based practice (11,770 hits)
  5. Research methods in education (10,785 hits)
  6. Mostly harmless econometrics: an empiricist’s companion (9515 hits)
  7. Unlocking assessment: understanding for reflection and application (8679 hits)
  8. Introductory statistics (8529 hits)
  9. Bach’s Well-tempered clavier: the 48 Preludes and Fugues (8460 hits)
  10. Kicking away the ladder (7881 hits)
  11. Quantitative approaches in Business Studies (7750 hits)
  12. Ethnographic studies in subjectivity: becoming sinners… (7636 hits)
  13. Commentary on Lysias, Speeches 1-11 7582 hits)
  14. Economics of financial markets (7290 hits)
  15. States and power (7084 hits)
  16. Case study research in educational settings (6931 hits)
  17. Beyond the natural body (6768 hits)
  18. Suicide: a study in Sociology (6602 hits)
  19. Chicago Manual of Style Online (6230 hits)
  20. Gender trouble: feminism and the subversion of identity (6094 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 2016 from the Usage statistics section of the ebooks@cambridge intranet site, or contact ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Stahl Online

Stahl Online

The ebooks@cambridge Service is pleased to announce that we now have access to a new online resource to interest medical students and academics. Stahl Online is home to the complete set of reference works written or edited by leading psychopharmacologist, Dr Stephen M. Stahl, including Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology.

Stahl Online offers a database of psychopharmacological drugs with regularly updated content, including information on new drugs and dosage. The resource is illustrated with clear diagrams and evidence-based principles for the use of psychopharmacologic drugs to support postgraduate teaching.

Published by Cambridge University Press in collaboration with the Neuroscience Education Institute, Stahl Online hosts 14 key titles including those shown below. You can click on the covers to access the full content.

Stahl1 Stahl10 Stahl6 Stahl4 Stahl2

  • Comprehensive, illustrated teaching and learning resources covering: antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilisers, ADHD, chronic pain, anxiety, stree, PTSD, substance abuse and violence
  • Fully searchable drug database, including information on side effects, dosing, special conditions, and food and drugs to be avoided
  • Downloadable figures and illustrations for use in teaching
  • Easy to navigate platform
  • Unlimited user concurrency

The following volumes are being added to the platform as they become available;

  • Stahl’s Illustrated Sleep and Wake Disorders
  • Stahl’s Self-Assessment Examination in Psychiatry, 2nd edition
  • Violence in Psychiatry
  • Case Studies, Volume 2
  • Stahl’s Illustrated Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

The titles are searchable in iDiscover and are available to access on and off campus (with a Raven login).

If you have any comments about this ebook collection, please contact the ebooks@cambridge team on ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

New ebooks – March 2017

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

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Theology1   Education1  Education2  Engineering1  English1  Geography1  History1  HPS1  Italian1  Land1  Land2  Linguistics1  MML1  Music1  Philosophy1  Sociology1  Sociology2  English2  HPS2  Land3  Law1  Sociology3  AMES1  Business1  Education3Education4   English3  Geography2  HPS3     Land4  Sociology4  Education5   Education6  English4  History2  Land5

Duke University Press: new ebooks for 2017

Michelle D. Commander traces how post-civil rights Black American artists, intellectuals, and travellers envision literal and figurative flight back to Africa as a means by which to heal the dispossession caused by the slave trade, in Afro-Atlantic Flight published this month by Duke University Press. flightAfro-Atlantic Flight is just one of 23 ebooks published so far in 2017 that are available on the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection platform to members of the University of Cambridge, 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, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, and Gender Studies/Feminist Theory.

 

illegible will  media theory  woman  facing planetary  feminist life  beyond settler  ebergy pharmocracy

In addition to a growing collection of new titles, members of the University have access to 1250 titles published between 1964 and 2007 from the archive collection.

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 eDuke Books Scholarly Collection platform.

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

Bloomsbury Professional Online

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The ebooks@cambridge service is pleased to announce that members of the University now have access to a twelve-month subscription to Bloomsbury Professional Online, funded by the Squire Law Library.

We are the first university to subscribe to this service, which is aimed at a professional audience. Bloomsbury Professional publish high quality books and digital products for lawyers, tax practitioners, accountants and business professionals. The Bloomsbury Professional Online platform should not be confused with Bloomsbury Collections, a separate academic service about which we posted recently.

The platform gives access to well over a hundred practitioner ebooks in aspects of the law including family law, banking and finance law, charities, criminal negligence, company and commercial law, employment law, environmental law, insolvency law, local government law, maritime law, mediation, partnerships, pensions, professional negligence, property and land law, sport law and UK law. A full list of titles can be browsed on the left-hand sidebar of the platform; meanwhile, here is a selection (as usual, click on the covers for authenticated access):

Acquisition finance  Child care  Bribery  Employment tribunals handbook  Environmental impact  Buying and selling  Cornerstone  Law of carriage  Mediation law  Pensions law  Flat schemes  Challenging sports

Access to Bloomsbury Professional Online

Bloomsbury Professional Online can be accessed on and off campus with Raven. Content can be viewed online within your browser, and excerpts can be exported to Word and kept indefinitely.

We hope to be able to load MARC records for individual titles soon to make these discoverable through iDiscover, but in the meantime please access the platform directly and browse the title list on the left-hand sidebar.

As usual, if you have any questions about this or any other ebook platforms or titles, please get in touch with ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

109 new ebooks available from Routledge Handbooks Online

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The ebooks@cambridge team is pleased to announce that 109 new handbooks are now available to Cambridge University members via Routledge Handbooks Online. These new titles have been selected by Faculty and Departmental librarians from the 2015 and 2016 collections and cover a wide range of subjects: Anthropology, Archaeology & Classics, Asian Studies, Business, Communication, Education, Environment & Sustainability, Geography, History, Literature, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Sociology and South Asian Studies.

94 of the new titles have been funded by the Connell Fund, which was also used for our recent acquisition of new ebook collections from Bloomsbury Collections, about which we posted recently. Below is a selection of these titles. Click on the covers to access the ebooks via authenticated links. You can see a  complete list of these 94 new titles by downloading RHO title selection Connell 2016-17.

Sociology1  Arch1  Business1  Education1  Sustain1  Geog1  Hist1  MiddleEast1  Phil1  Politics1  Religion1  Geog2

15 of the new titles have been funded by the South Asian Studies Library. Again, here is a selection with links (and the full list can be downloaded here: RHO Asian Studies):

Asian1  SAS1  SAS2  Asian2

About Routledge Handbooks

Routledge Handbooks bring together the world’s leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today. The online versions are available DRM-free, as HTML and pdf files, and are fully searchable thanks to the platform’s search tools and rich meta-data, including abstracts for each chapter.

Access to Routledge Handbooks Online

The Routledge Handbooks Online platform can be accessed on and off-campus here. Records for the new and existing individual handbooks will be listed within iDiscover within the next few days.

Need help?

As ever, please send your comments or queries about this platform or any other aspect of ebook provision to ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

 

Popular ebook titles, Lent Term 2017

medicine2      BLANCHARD MACRO.indd      kicking      Kurdish

There follows a list of owned ebooks, hosted on a variety of supplier platforms, which have been in demand over the Lent Term. They have all been upgraded to allow greater concurrent access, as a result of multiple turnaway notifications received by the ebooks@cambridge team.

Chang – Kicking away the ladder : development strategy in historical perspective

Orton – St. Gregory of Nyssa : anti-Apollinarian writings

Bengio – Kurdish Awakening : nation building in a fragmented homeland

Griffin – Satire : a critical reintroduction

Brown – Pass the PSA

Wright – Critical issues in peace and education

Hitchings – Top 100 drugs : clinical pharmacology and practical prescribing

Moffitt – The global rise of populism : performance, political style, and representation

Dierksheide – Amelioration and empire : progress and slavery in the plantation Americas

Brunson – Russian realisms: literature and painting, 1840–1890

Miller – The subject of Holocaust fiction

Landau – Collected papers of L. D. Landau

Ross – China in the era of Xi Jinping : domestic and foreign policy challenges

Blanchard – Macroeconomics (6th edition, Global edition)

All of these ebook titles can be found in iDiscover and can be accessed on and off campus with a Raven login.

holocaust      china      physics1      populism

St Patrick’s Day ebooks

Happy St Patrick’s Day from the ebooks@cambridge team.

To celebrate here are a brief selection of recently published academic monographs which are available to access as ebooks through iDiscover, or are coming soon. Click on the covers to access the full text.

Sixties ireland daly   standish   anglo irish troubles

feminst judgements   unapproved    irish sanctuary

flowing tides     letters catholic poor    small nations

 

New ebook collections now available from Bloomsbury

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The number of ebooks available to members of the University via Bloomsbury Collections has recently increased significantly with the purchase of several new collections.

The following collections have been purchased on the recommendation of the Connell Fund librarians, using part of the Connell Fund ebooks allocation for 2016-17:

  • Anthropology 2017 – 11 titles
  • History 2016 – 74 titles
  • Philosophy 2015 – 54 titles
  • Theology 2015 – 21 titles

A complete list of titles within these collections is available to download to Excel here: bloomsbury-titles. Here is a small selection – click on the covers to access the ebooks via authenticated links:

Duchy of Warsaw  Britain in the Middle East  atonement  eucharist  logic-of-the-digital  soviet-street  birth-of-the-english  desire-in-ashes

Additionally, the Squire Law Library has purchased all of the archive and front list Law ebook collections on the Bloomsbury Collections site:

  • C.H. Beck ∙ Hart ∙ Nomos 2014 – 2017
  • Comparative Law, Legal History and Legal Studies
  • Competition Law
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Contract, Tort and Restitution
  • Corporate and Financial Law
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Law
  • European Law
  • Family and Social Law
  • Hart Publishing 2014 – 2017
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law
  • Labour & Discrimination Law
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Litigation & Civil Procedure
  • Medical Law & Ethics
  • The Law of Property and Trusts

This opens up access to nearly 1,100 extra titles, including all the Hart published books, along with C.H.Beck and Nomos published law titles. A small selection of titles with authenticated links appears below, and a complete list is available to download here: bloomsbury-law.

innovations  enforcing-pollution-control  judging-europes-judges  constitution-of-japan  relocation-disputes  art-copyright  democtractic-aspects  law-policy-reproductive

All of these new collections are now switched on and can be accessed on and off campus via Bloomsbury Collections. MARC records have been loaded for most individual titles (some records pending for History and Philosophy) and are searchable now in iDiscover. Records for titles within Anthropology 2017 and Hart and Beck 2017 will be loaded as they become available.

As usual, the ebooks@cambridge service will be happy to respond to any queries about these collections via ebooks@lib.cam.ac.uk.

New ebooks – February 2017

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

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

ames1   anthropology1  arch1  business1  classics1  economics1  education1  engineering1  english1  geography1  hps1    italian1  law1  linguistics1  medicine1  mml1  physics1  politics1  sociology1    sas1  vet1  ames2  anthropology2    arch2  economics2education2   engineering2  geography2  italian2     law2  physics2  politics2   medicine2  geography3  english2  business2