Top EBSCO eBooks of 2017: Using Data to Compile the Best eBook Collections

Library Resources | January 31, 2018

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By taking advantage of e-book usage analytics, librarians can gain valuable insight to make informed buying decisions.

At EBSCO eBooks™, we love “best books” lists. As librarians and information professionals, we’re inundated with end-of-year “best lists.” As such, we decided we’d try our hand at creating a unique list for 2017. The EBSCO eBooks Collection Development team created a suite of lists containing the top 1,000 best-selling EBSCO eBooks in six topic areas — Arts & Humanities, Business & Economics, Medical, Nursing, Social Sciences, and STEM, as well as a list of the top 1,000 best sellers overall.

Based on EBSCO eBooks worldwide 2017 sales data, these collections align with our collection development team’s ongoing effort to utilize metric-based data in our collection development process. Our e-book analytics give us the ability to see trends in sales, as well as usage. We are constantly analyzing detailed usage data like searches and downloads, as well as metrics not available with print content, such as turnaways. This insight gives us the ability to create collections and recommended title lists that are more meaningful to our customers. 

We are constantly analyzing detailed usage data like searches and downloads, as well as metrics not available with print content, such as the time patrons spend within the book, percentage of the book that is being used, and turnaways.

Below are a few select titles from each of the six categories of the EBSCO eBooks Top 1,000 lists.

Arts & Humanities
American History Through Its Greatest Speeches: A Documentary History of the United States edited by Jolyon P. Girard, Darryl Mace, Courtney Michelle Smith: This three-volume work offers a look at American history through pivotal and inspirational speeches, public proclamations and testimonies from colonial times to the present. From Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death” speech to Senator Elizabeth Warren's 2014 speech on banking regulations, readers can experience American history in a unique and engaging way.

Business & Economics
Organizational Culture and Leadership, Fifth Edition by Edgar H. Schein with Peter Schein: The first edition of Organizational Culture and Leadership was published over 30 years ago, and today it remains an important reference in the field. Containing 25 percent new and revised material, the fifth edition expands on how national culture influences organizational culture and includes discussion on how best to deal with international differences.

American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook of Pediatric Care, 2nd Edition edited by Thomas K. McInery: A Doody’s Core Title, the American Academy of Pediatrics Textbook of Pediatric Care is a comprehensive resource covering a multitude of topics in pediatric care. This updated edition expands on changes in the practice of pediatric medicine, including an augmented focus on mental health. This popular title is featured in eight of our EBSCO eBook collections.

School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text edited by Janice Selekman: This title, endorsed by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book-of-the-Year Award, was our 2017 number one top seller across all subjects. It covers topics such as health assessments, mental health conditions, legal issues and policy related to school nursing. 

Where Science and Ethics Meet: Dilemmas at the Frontiers of Medicine and Biology by Chris Willmott: A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, Where Science and Ethics Meet is an excellent introduction to some of the ethical issues science is facing today. Written in a concise and engaging manner, this e-book covers topics such as in vitro fertilization, cloning and stem cell research, to name a few. This title is appropriate for those studying or working in the sciences, as well as general readers.  

Social Science
Social Media and Your Brain: Web-Based Communication Is Changing How We Think and Express Ourselves edited by C. G. Prado: Breaking down the effects of the internet and social media on specific groups of people such as adolescents, teenagers, college students and adults, this e-book examines the impact of social media on human brains and thinking styles. This title also offers practical solutions to the adverse effects of excessive use of social media.

Top 1,000 Overall
The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power by Joseph Turow: Many of us are all too aware of how consumer online behavior tracking is being used in advertising. In this e-book, we learn how bar codes, reward cards and even video surveillance is used in targeting and connecting with retail customers.

Data-informed to cover the best-selling titles in each of these subject areas, the EBSCO eBooks Top 1,000 lists are designed to provide librarians with quick and easy access to best-in-class e-book titles.

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