A survey on the use of electronic books (‘ebooks’) is being conducted by the JISC national ebooks observatory project – in which the University of Cambridge has been participating during the last year ‘as a special case’ (it is not explained why we are ‘special’ – but we have asked and await an answer). The reason we’re special is explained by Sarah Stamford, ebooks@cambridge Project Manager:
Cambridge University was selected as one of 8 from the 120+ Universities taking part to be a special case. We are providing the research team with supplementary information by holding focus groups with librarians, and staff and students in the relevant subjects;and with statistics on the circulation of our print copies of the titles in the JISC collection. Hopefully, when the results are published, we will get more detailed information on the use of ebooks here.
To participate in the ebooks survey, the so-called ‘exit survey’, go to http://tinyurl.com/9gt936. They want as many responses as possible from UK higher education students and teaching staff. They received over 20,000 responses to an intial benchmark survey one year ago at the start of the project. This ‘exit survey’ will reveal what, if anything, has changed over the year.
The survey is live until Feb 28th, £200 Amazon vouchers to be won!
*** Participants who choose to leave their university email at the end of the survey, you will be entered into our prize draw for £200 worth of Amazon vouchers. ***
Ebooks are books that can be read on a computer screen perhaps using Adobe Acrobat® or similar software. You may have experienced using them either through the University’s ebook service, or by reading free titles available on the internet (for which see Google Book Search or Digital Book Index), or purchasing them through a bookseller such as Amazon. Also see the ebooks@cambridge website for lots more information.