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You Can Check It Out But It Will Never Leave: Characterising Ebook Borrowing Patterns

McKay, D. & Buchanan, G. (2016). You Can Check It Out But It Will Never Leave: Characterising Ebook Borrowing Patterns. In: CHIIR '16 Proceedings of the 2016 ACM on Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval. (pp. 203-212). New York, NY: ACM Press. ISBN 978-1-4503-3751-9 doi: 10.1145/2854946.2854970


What does it mean for a reader to borrow an ebook? Ebook technology means that borrowing can take different forms, for example printing and reading. We do not know, though, which of these options readers actually use. Ebook technology generates logs that allow us to understand ebook borrowing patterns over time, both by individual readers and in aggregate. Despite the ready availability of ebook logs, this area remains under-researched. In this paper we present an exploratory log analysis of ebook borrowing, comparing printing and reading, discovery patterns, single- and multiple-book sessions and identifying specific borrowing patterns.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © Buchanan, G. | ACM 2016. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record will be published by ACM,
Publisher Keywords: Ebooks, log analysis, reading, information behaviour
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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