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It is a while since we had anything specifically on the eBooks in Sweden research project, so here’s an update. We have now completed the survey of publishers in Sweden, and colleagues in Croatia and Lithauania have replicated the investigation there, so we now have some comparable data from other ‘small language market’ countries. The survey of booksellers in Sweden has also been completed, and interviews with authors are in progress – we hope to have completed these by the end of Autumn. Next year will see us exploring higher education and the impact of the e-book in the Swedish school system, and we shall have to begin preparation of the monograph on the research which we promised Vetenskapsrådet to deliver.

The three-country publisher survey revealed an interesting uniformity of opinion among publishers in the three countries: we don’t yet have a paper on this, but we’ll have a presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Publishing Trends and Contexts in Pula, Croatia, in December. As a small illustration of the data, below is a table showing the opinions of publishers in the three countries on relationships with public libraries:

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The yellow shading shows that publishers in the three countries respond in a very similar way to the issues presented.

We’ll have more on this when the presentation for the Pula conference is ready. If anyone from a ‘small language market’ would be interested in using the questionnaire in their own country, please get in touch with me at tom.wilson@hb.se

Other work has been reported quite extensively – here are references to papers you may not have seen:

Balling, G., Dahl, T.A., Mangen, A., Nilsson, S.K., Lund, H. & Höglund, L. (2014).
E-bogen. Skandinaviske perspektiver på forskning og uddannelse. [E-books. Scandinavian perspective on research and education.] Nordisk Tidsskrift for Informationsvidenskab og Kulturformidling, No. 1.

Bergström, A. & Höglund, L. (2014). E-boken: möjligheter och hinder. [E-books: opportunities and obstacles.] In Annika Bergström andHenrik Oscarsson, (Eds.). Mittfåra & marginal. Henrik Oscarsson and Annika Bergström, (Eds.). Vägskal. (pp. 357-367). (SOM-rapport nr 61).

Bergström, A. & Höglund, L. (2014). A national survey of early adopters of e-book reading in Sweden. Information Research, 19(2) paper 621.

Bergström, A. & Höglund, L. (2013). Tidiga läsare ave e-böcker. [Early readers of e-books]. In Lennart Weibull, Henrik Oscarsson and Annika Bergström, (Eds.). Vägskal. (pp. 357-367). Gothenburg: Gothenburg University, SOM Institute.

Konrad, Katherine. (2013). Old habits in a new world? E-book management techniques at an academic library. Unpublished Master’s thesis. University of Borås, Borås, Sweden

Kuzminiene, Ramune. (2014). E-books in Irish university libraries: changes and challenges in collection development and acquisitions. Unpublished Master’s thesis. University of Borås, Borås, Sweden.

Maceviciute E. & Borg, M. (2013). The current situation of e-books in academic and public libraries in Sweden. Libellarium, 6(1-2), 3-12.

Maceviciute E. & Wilson T.D. The e-book phenomenon in Sweden. Paper presented at the Publishing studies conference “By the book: the book and the study of its digital transformation”, 23-24 May, 2014, Vila Finaly, Florence, Italy. [PowerPoint presentation-]

Maceviciute, E., Borg, M., Kuzminiene R. & Konrad, K. (2014). The acquisition of e-books in the libraries of the Swedish higher education institutions. Information Research, 19(2) paper 620.

Maceviciute E., Nilsson, K., Wilson, T., Bergström, A. and Höglund, L. (2014). The case of the e/book in “small language” culture: media technology and the digital society. Knygotyra, 62, 73-93.

Nilsson, S.K. (2014). Reading in changing society. Some impact in the Swedish context. In M. Lauristin and Vihalemm, P. (Eds.). Reading in changing society. (pp. 118-132).  Tartu, Estonia: University of Tartu Press.

Wallin, Birgitta and Maceviciute, Elena (2014). Main actors in provision of fiction e-books in a small language market: a Swedish case. Poster presented at ELPUB2014. Let’s put data to use: digital scholarship for the next generation, 18th International Conference on Electronic Publishing 19-20 June 2014, Thessaloniki,

Wilson, T.D. (2014). The e-book phenomenon: a disruptive technology Information Research, 19(2) paper 612.

Zemaityte, Justina (2014). Skaitmeninės knygos galimybės ir grėsmės: rašytojų nuomonė ir patirtys. [Opportunities and threats of digital books: writers’ opinions and experiences]. Unpublished Bachelor’s thesis. Faculty of Communication, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania.