Below are some lists of tools to aid in both selection of new ebooks and in analysis of the collection. The eBook Selector should assume this to be a growing list, and feel free to add new resources as merited.
NB: Some of the following selection tools require subscriptions.
- Book Review Digest Plus by EBSCO Publishing
- Book Review Index Online and Book Review Index Online Plus by Gale Cengage Learning
- Booklist Online
- Book Spot
- Library Journal Reviews
- NoveList® by EBSCO Publishing
- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
- The Horn Book Magazine
- Kirkus Reviews
- Library Journal
- New York Times Book Review
- Publishers Weekly
- School Library Journal
- Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
As the focus of the ebook collection is on bestsellers and popular new releases, it is important to track lists of bestsellers, and accumulate as much data as possible about bestselling ebooks.
- About.com Bestsellers
- New York Times Bestsellers
- Publishers Weekly: eBook 2012 Facts & Figures
- USA Today Bestsellers
Collection Analysis Tools
RPLD and the other ebook consortium members are continuously conducting analysis of the ebook collection, primarily relying on a combination of use-centered methodologies such as the gathering of quantitative data, in this case circulation statistics, and qualitative data, or patron feedback.
The consortium also relies on the individual selectors to engage in the collection-centered method of list checking, comparing the contents of the collection against lists of best-selling books and ebooks, awards, and best-of-year summaries.
The primary tool that allows ebook consortium members to track circulation statistics of the shared collection is provided by the vendor, OverDrive, in the form of a desktop software application known as the Dashboard, which offers the following functionality:
- Holds: Learn which titles are in high demand and would benefit from additional copies. The 50 most wanted titles, based on number of holds or hold ratio, will be listed.
- Titles: See what’s popular with your patrons, with the option to view results by format and subject.
- Circulation: Circulation trends and totals are offered by day, month, year-to date, and from launch with OverDrive.
- Traffic: View your OverDrive website statistics, including the number of pages visited, referrers, sessions, and session length. Hovering over any point on the line graph allows you to view the exact total and date for that point.
Other Possibilities to Explore
Expanding your ‘e’ collection? Now you can compare your collection to all of the eBook holdings in WorldCat. This data can help you
determine what’s available to complete or complement your eBook and eContent offerings. –WorldCat
CollectionHQ is a a collection-analysis technology which has been adopted by 153 public library systems, including such prominent ones as the New York Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, and San Diego County Library. This robust tool is receiving a lot of praise from collection management librarians, but does not currently analyze ebook collections, although collectionHQ is expected to roll out an ebook module in the coming months.