Journal article

Exploring the circulation of digital audiobooks: Australian library lending 2006-2017

Millicent Weber, Rebecca Giblin, Yanfang Ding, Francois Petitjean-Heche

INFORMATION RESEARCH-AN INTERNATIONAL ELECTRONIC JOURNAL | UNIV SHEFFIELD DEPT INFORMATION STUDIES | Published : 2021

Abstract

Introduction. We investigated patterns in digital audiobook and e-book circulation through Australian libraries to identify and analyse trends in audiobook publishing and reading. Method. In partnership with four Australian library services we collated a dataset of 555,618 audiobook checkouts and 3,475,188 e-book checkouts, representing all OverDrive checkouts through these services from 2006 until July 2017. Analysis. We examined the availability and popularity of audiobook and e-book titles over time. We used bibliographic metadata and manual and automated coding to examine major publishers, sex and nationality of authors, and popular titles and genres. Results. Audiobooks and e-books have..

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