Document Type


Publication Date


Conference Name

American Library Association Midwinter Meeting

Conference City

Denver, CO

Conference Dates

February 9-13, 2018


Libraries invest a great deal of time and money in our ebook collections, so it’s important to purchase resources that best meet user needs and expectations. This session will compare and contrast the results of two comparative analyses of academic ebook platforms. The first analysis compared ebooks across multiple platforms and evaluated features such as metadata, navigation, and search functionality from a librarian’s perspective. The second analysis tested the usability of academic ebook platforms from the student’s perspective. Both studies provided valuable insights about user preferences and revealed strengths and weaknesses for each platform. The presenters will share specific findings from both studies, but emphasize that user preferences may vary based on institution. This session will focus on offering techniques for evaluating ebooks from the user perspective and suggestions for incorporating this type of data into your collection development decisions.