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Buying by the bucketful: a comparative study of e-book acquisition strategies

Bucknell, Terry (2012) Buying by the bucketful: a comparative study of e-book acquisition strategies. Insights: the UKSG journal , 25 (1). pp. 51-61. ISSN 2048-7754

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The University of Liverpool (UoL) has been subscribing to and purchasing e-book packages since 2006. This article describes UoL’s experiences of evaluating the use and value of such packages, and considers whether alternative purchasing strategies – single-title selection (also known as ‘firm orders’), patrondriven acquisition (PDA) or evidence-based selection (EBS) – might offer a more cost-effective way to meet users’ needs. The discussion is informed by evidence from the University of Liverpool COUNTER usage statistics and includes modelling of the costs that might result from observed usage patterns if a PDA purchasing model were applied. Criteria for evaluating the success of e-book packages are discussed, including a consideration of how value for money can be calculated for different e-book purchasing models. An outline is provided of the implications for managing acquisitions budgets when e-book collections form part of the acquisitions strategy.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Available online Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Cite as: Bucknell, T, Buying by the bucketful: a comparative study of e-book acquisition strategies, Insights, 2012, 25(1), 51–60, doi: 10.1629/2048-7754.25.1.51
Uncontrolled Keywords:electronic books; acquisitions; usage statistics; patron-driven acquisition; evidence-based selection
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments, Research Centres and Related Units:Professional Services > Library
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ID Code:5853
Deposited On:20 Apr 2012 15:28
Last Modified:27 Sep 2013 15:30

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