In spring 2013, the Austrian Science Fund and OAPEN agreed that all Austrian Science Fund eBooks would be deposited in the OAPEN Library. This was a very important initiative and happily in the latest issue of D-lib Ronald Snijder evaluates use in an article entitled “Evaluating the Impact of the FWF-E-Book-Library Collection in the OAPEN Library: An Analysis of the 2014 Download Data”.
Some key information from the article follows
1. The titles covered a range of subjects:
|Subject||Number of titles|
|Literature: history & criticism (DS)||18|
|History of art (AC)||12|
|Science: general issues (PD)||6|
2. Language and use. “Most of the collection is written in German, and this can also be seen when the total number of downloads are charted. Of all downloads, 24,303—or 86%—were of a German language monograph.”
3. Use. While German and Swiss use was high there users came from a wide range of countries and domains:
4. Subject area. History and Literature: history & criticism were the most downloaded subject areas.
There is a wealth of analysis and data in the article that illustrates the impact of open access, particularly on access by academics to e-Books.