What GOBI Best-Sellers Tell Us About Top Print and E-book Topics in Academic Libraries

Library Resources | May 15, 2018

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Although 2018 is not over, here’s brief look at some of the bestselling print and e-books from 2018 and some of the topics that are influencing content acquisitions, from GOBI Library Solutions.

While reviewing sources such as The New York Times bestseller list might offer insight into the most popular titles among consumers and the general population, looking at best-selling titles for libraries provides interesting insight into key topics of interest of library patrons and their institutions. Not only does a review of the GOBI Library Solutions best-sellers highlight trends in academic courses of study, but differences between print and e-book best-sellers also highlight a distinction in the types of content that faculty and students prefer in print in comparison to an e-book format.

Print Best-sellers

The top ten print bestsellers confirm one of the results in the recent Library Journal Academic Student Ebook Experience Survey where 68% of the 306 respondents indicated a preference for print when reading narrative material. The presence of titles such as Angie C. Thomas’ Hate U Give, Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied Sing: A Novel, and George Saunders’ historical nonfiction novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, indicates a preference for consuming sequential content in a print format.

The top ten print bestsellers confirm one of the results in the recent Library Journal Academic Student Ebook Experience Survey where 68% of the 306 respondents indicated a preference for print when reading narrative material.

The ease of reading sequential or chronological content may also be in play when looking at the presence of history titles in the print bestselling titles list including, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, The Blood of Emmett Till and Ron Chernow’s biography, Grant.

Regardless, the top 15 best-selling titles show a clear print preference for English/Composition, Social Sciences, and History courses.

E-book Bestsellers

Although a few topics such as transgender issues and writing resources appear in both the print and e-book lists, two themes surface as unique to e-books in this list. Content related to social media such as Social Media and Your Brain: Web-Based Communication is Changing How We Think and Express Ourselves, Social Media and Politics: A New Way to Participate in the Political Process, Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest and the SAGE Handbook of Social Media Research Methods point to an interest in the impact of social media on both the individual and the greater community.

In addition, the e-book list includes health science content including Implementing the Evidence-Based Principle (EBP) Competencies in Healthcare: A Practical Guide for Improving Quality, Safety, and Outcomes and the Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An Evidence-Based Guide to Planning Care.

While there are several months to go before the end of the year, the same content preferences for print and e-books will likely continue at least through the end of the year.

To review a complete list of the top 15 print and e-book titles for GOBI Library Solutions year to date, click below. 

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