eBook Week Feedback
In March 2014, the University Library Service held an eBook Week event to raise awareness of, and invite feedback about, eBooks.
During eBook Week, we heard views from more than 750 students from across the University, with ideas of how we can improve the eBooks service, where we can do more to promote eBooks, and how they find using eBooks as a resource for their studies.
You asked us to take a look at the following areas for improving eBooks:
- 63% of comments were positive remarks about eBooks
- 13% of readers prefer to use print books
- 8% of readers cited problems accessing and using eBooks
- 6% of readers want us to improve the range of eBooks available
- 4.5% of readers didn't use or know about eBooks
We are continuing to increase the number of eBooks available across all subject areas so that as many students as possible can benefit from these advantages.
We have purchased 895 new eBooks so far this academic year, and have made available an additional 25,000 eBooks as part of eBooks on Demand between March and July 2014.
We understand this, and will continue to offer print versions of core texts to loan in our libraries.
We have fed back your comments to our suppliers and they are improving their platforms in response to this.
We are also looking at new suppliers who offer improved functionality.
Subject Librarians will try to purchase eBook versions of all reading list titles to improve the range of titles available.
Please ask for an eBook demonstration at any Library Help Desk, or book an appointment with your Subject Librarian.
Thank you to all everyone who participated in eBook Week and provided such valuable feedback. If you have any further feedback or comments about eBooks, or other elements of IT and Library Services at Cardiff University, please share your views via our online comment form, or speak to a member of staff.