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

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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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Transition Free Press joins the Apple Newsstand

We’re thrilled to announce that Transition Free Press has joined the Exact Editions webstore, and is now making it’s debut in the Apple Newsstand.

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Transition Free Press is a quarterly newspaper, built around the idea of sustainable communities and towns, with emphasis on the environment and community spirit. The focus is always on solutions, so if you’re looking for a positive and inspiring break from the standard doom-and-gloom press, this is the title for you!

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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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Your Cotswold Family Online!

New to the App Store and Exact Editions webstore comes the lovely lifestyle magazine Your Cotswold Family.

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It doesn’t matter if you live in the Cotswolds or are just planning a visit, this magazine has something for everyone. It’s much more than just a parenting magazine, with ideas for days out, fantastic gift ideas and much, much more!

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The app is loaded with all the features you’ve come to expect from Exact Editions, such as social media sharing, in-depth text search and the cutting-edge ByPlace geo-promotion technology.

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A Shock to the System

 

It’s bold, it’s beautiful and now it’s on your iPad.

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System is a fashion magazine unlike any other; it doesn’t just report on the world of haute-couture, it challenges it to do more, taking you straight into the minds of some of the biggest names in fashion and design.

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Asking the questions no one else will, System gets under the skin of the fashion world. So if you want to avoid ennui and go where no other magazine can take you, head over to Exact Editions and get your subscription today.

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