eBOUND Canada Releases Report on Canadian Ebooks in Public Libraries

TORONTO  – eBOUND Canada, a not-for-profit agency that assists independent Canadian publishers in developing and supporting digital publishing programs, has commissioned a paper to assess the extent to which Canadian titles that are available in library systems in print format are also available in digital or ebook formats. Funding for this research was provided by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

Canadian authors, publishers and library acquisition staff alike are deeply committed to ensuring that Canadian readers have access to a robust list of Canadian content. Discoverability of Canadian titles on the acquisition platforms used by librarians to purchase digital content can prove challenging, though. The platforms used by the majority of Canadian libraries are American and do not yet have a meaningful way to identify Canadian content.

The study, prepared by Page Two Strategies, compares the availability of Canadian titles in Canadian public libraries in print formats to the availability of those same titles in digital and ebook formats through a gap analysis, with the goal of gaining a mutual understanding of the challenges faced by both publishers and librarians during the acquisition process. The paper highlights potential opportunities to increase the availability of Canadian titles in digital and ebook formats within Canadian libraries.

“This study provides key business intelligence about the acquisition of Canadian ebooks for library collections,” said Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO of OMDC. “It’s our hope that publishers can use this information to better target public libraries with content of interest.”

You can download the full report here.

About eBOUND Canada:

Launched in 2009, eBOUND Canada, formerly the Canadian Publishers Digital Services (CPDS) arm of the Association of Canadian Publishers, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing Canadian publishers’ engagement in the digital marketplace. Its growing number of programs includes ebook distribution, digital asset management, conversion services and professional development.

About Page Two Strategies:

Page Two helps authors and companies make smart publishing decisions and produces their non-fiction work to the highest possible standards. Co-founders Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White bring many years of experience in the publishing industry to their work, creating publishing strategies for authors, organizations and advised clients throughout North America.

About the OMDC:

The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is the central catalyst for creative industries in the province. The OMDC promotes investment in, and leverages original content creation for, the six industries that form part of Ontario’s entertainment and creative cluster: film and television, magazine and book publishing, interactive digital media, and music.

Contact

Deborah Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
eBOUND Canada
deborah_nelson@eboundcanada.org
Tel: 416-487-6616 ext. 2360