Survey results determine that Magazine Apps are crucial to Librarians

A comprehensive study of worldwide mobile device acquisition revealed that over the past decade “the rate of iOS and Android device adoption has surpassed that of any consumer technology in history”*.

As a digital publishing company specialising in mobile apps, Exact Editions wanted to better understand the function of mobile technology in libraries today and their place in the future. A survey was conducted in January 2015 to a number of librarians worldwide. It quickly became evident that librarians globally are already recognising the sudden increase in students adopting mobile devices for academic purposes. Among our survey 68% of librarians revealed that students frequently used mobile devices to access e-resources in their libraries currently, while all of them answered that this will most definitely increase in the future.

The popularity of mobile technology in libraries is as a result of the increase in students using mobile devices as a source of information. By removing multiple methods of access, Exact Editions have ensured that connection to the apps is as simple as possible through immediate IP authentication. This eradicates the need for lengthy logins requiring a username and password. Most importantly, complete access is enabled when students are off campus through remote/EZ proxy access and Shibboleth for UK institutions.

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 17.02.19Cross platform compatibility is a crucial requirement for libraries. Over half of the librarians surveyed estimated that the use of tablets and phones will become more prevalent than desktop resources, while all of them recognised the essential requirement in offering multi platform resources. Indeed with this, students have seamless access and the capacity to read an article on a variety of platforms from online on a desktop, or once the title has downloaded, offline on a mobile device; through apps the students have a 24/7 mobile library. Moreover, the magazines available via Exact Editions are accessible on both Android and iOS devices, again ensuring accessibility is at the forefront of our apps.

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During our research the concept of layout was another important concern for librarians. A high 91% of librarians agreed that the publication should maintain the original look of the printed copy. This not only ensures that the content retains an aesthetic quality, but also provides contextual background, a pivotal necessity for much research. Additionally with mobile apps, the ease at which users are able to scroll quickly through the publications pages ensures reading is far more organic. Discovery remains effortless through the provision of ‘stacks’ that provide a fluid channel in which to flick between issues, thus making reading all the more engaging, easy and enjoyable.

The rapid rise in the popularity of mobile technology along with the potent results of the survey, underlines the growing need for information to be available via app technology in libraries.

 

*http://www.flurry.com/bid/88867/iOS-and-Android-Adoption-Explodes-Internationally#.VMJlfIvnf8s

Introducing… White Lines

Exact Editions are pleased to welcome a new football magazine, White Lines, to the webstore and the Apple Newsstand.

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White Lines features the work of new writers and storytellers centred around football, and created specially for the magazine. From the producers of These Football Times, part of Guardian Sport, this lot already have a following of over 1 million readers from all around the world.

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The title joins our ever growing collection of football magazines, which you can check out here. To download the app and start reading, search ‘White Lines by These Football Times’ in the App Store, or click here.

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App for LittleONE Magazine

LittleONE magazine, a quarterly publication all about parenting, is now available on the Apple Newsstand.

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The title offers advice and inspiration to parents through interviews and features with other parents, as well as celebrating all aspects of parenthood, from pregnancy to dressing your child. The magazine is highly illustrated, and includes ideas on interiors, crafts and birthday parties.

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As with all Exact Editions apps, ByPlace™ functionality is available, along with the comprehensive search, social media sharing and bookmarking content for offline reading. Head over to the app store to subscribe now!

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The Philosophers’ Magazine app now available!

You can now read The Philosophers’ Magazine on the go! The shiny new app is available on the Apple Newsstand.

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Published four times a year, The Philosophers’ Magazine contains essays, features, debates, interviews, columns, news and reviews put together by professional philosophers.

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Subscriptions are available in iTunes or the Exact Editions webstore.

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Treadlie app with Exact Editions

Exact Editions are pleased to welcome Treadlie to the Apple Newsstand and our webstore!Treadlie-improved

A cycling magazine with an emphasis on culture, fashion and design, Treadlie is the perfect companion for all bike lovers.

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The app incorporates all the features you’ve come to expect from Exact Editions (comprehensive search, offline bookmarked content and social media sharing, to name a few) and also comes with ground-breaking ByPlace™ technology enabled.

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