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Key findings of a European survey on access to works online

Submitted by veraliah on Fri, 01/29/2016 - 16:29
As already reported by IFRRO, the results of a survey conducted by the European Commission across the 28 EU Member States and published in August 2015 have given a clear indication that current solutions for online access to works do meet users’ needs. In particular, regarding the text and image sector, the results of the survey show that e-books are the least accessed or downloaded type of content (73% of respondents have never done it, including 62% of younger respondents), that 72% of respondents said that they have always or often managed to find online the e-books that they were looking for, and that only 1% of respondents have tried to access/download e-books from a website meant for users in another EU Member State. The reasons for not trying to access such content is that users are not interested in the type of content (54%) and have sufficient choice in their country (51%).
Creativity Works!, a coalition of organisations, federations and associations from the European cultural and creative sectors that includes IFRRO’s members the European Writers’ Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) has recently published a summary of the key findings of this EU survey in the form of visuals, that can be downloaded here.
Find also here the official report and summary of the EU survey and here the Creativity Works! website.