Availability of ebooks for lending and the terms of that access: Focused Australian Study

Cite as: Giblin et al, ‘Available - at what cost? Investigating international library e-lending ecosystems’ (forthcoming 2019).

About this tool: We have collected data about the availability of ebooks for library lending from each of Australia's five main elending aggregators (and the terms of that access). In this focused study, the sample consists of 546 titles that are significant to Australian readers and libraries using various proxies for quality and demand – see methods for details.

The data powering all three dashboards was collected during the week of 17 July, 2017. While all possible care has been taken to ensure accuracy, there may nonetheless be errors, bugs or irregularities. If you find unusual or particularly interesting results, please send us an email or tweet to @rgibli with the hashtag #elendingproject. We'll look into any odd things and issue updates if necessary.

Use the dashboards to explore the data by clicking or sliding each plot or chart. You can see, for example, how many of those books are available from all countries or only one, where the same book is available from different countries with different prices or lending models, and how publication date, genre, audience and publisher can affect the results. Dive right in, or view a quick tutorial first.


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Digital Availability

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Physical Availability

Where are books available (Digital format)?

Are the same titles offered on different licence terms?

Are the same titles offered at different prices?

Lending Models

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Breakdown: metered access only

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This work is part of an Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP160100387) led by Associate Professor Rebecca Giblin, with Professor Kimberlee Weatherall (Law), Professor Julian Thomas (Social research) and Dr François Petitjean (Data Science). Our research team also includes postdoctoral fellows Dr Jenny Kennedy and Dr Charlotte Pelletier, Master’s student in Data Science Woratana Ngarmtrakulchol, and research assistants Dan Gilbert and Emily van der Nagel.

Rebecca Francois Kim Julian
Jenny Charlotte
Perth Dan Emily

The Linkage Project is supported by formal partnerships with:

  • National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA)
  • Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • State Library of Western Australia
  • State Library of South Australia
  • State Library of NSW
  • Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service
  • Gold Coast City Council
  • Brisbane City Council

Further invaluable international cooperation has been contributed by:

  • Vancouver Public Library (Canada)
  • St Mary’s County Library (as part of the Maryland Digital Library consortium) (US)
  • Auckland Libraries (NZ)
  • Hampshire Libraries (UK)

We thank all our partners for their contributions of expertise, time and other resources, and to aggregators Overdrive, James Bennett, Bibliotheca, Wheelers and Bolinda for their cooperation and support.

About the dashboards

These interactive dashboards were produced by Woratana Ngarmtrakulchol (aka 'Perth') under the supervision of Assoc Prof Giblin and Dr Petitjean. The tools used were D3.js, Crossfilter.js, DC.js, Bootstrap, and FontAwesome.

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