In March 2014 Knowledge Unlatched started to unlatch books in its Pilot Collection, making them available to anyone in the world to read or download for free on a Creative Commons licence. This was the culmination of a behind-the-scenes process of loading the titles onto our partner host platforms: OAPEN and HathiTrust. The books became live on the OAPEN platform first – followed soon after by HathiTrust. The final book in the Pilot Collection was published and made OA on 2 September.
You can view a list of Pilot Collection titles and download them via the KU collections website here.
The period covered by the data below is from 11 March to 31 December 2014. The data provided pertains to downloads from OAPEN’s website only and is COUNTER compliant. This means that raw download figures have been filtered according to a standard methodology, in order to ensure that the numbers represent real downloads rather than the activity of online bots. OAPEN work with IRUS-UK, a Jisc-funded repository and infrastructure service.
Stats by Collection
Published titles in Collection: 28
Total number of downloads since 11 March: 23,159
Mean average number of downloads per week: 605
Readers in at least 154 countries downloaded books from the collection.
Stats by Title
Mean average number of total downloads by book: 827
(Range per book: 176 – 1,822 each)
Number of countries downloading KU titles: 154*
*The country of origin for 391 downloads could not be identified.
Mean average number of total downloads by country: 148
Top 20 countries:
|COUNTRY||NUMBER OF DOWNLOADS||PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL|
|1. United States||5,933||25.5%|
|2. United Kingdom||3,024||13%|
|9. The Netherlands||701||3%|
|Rest of world||3,860||16.5%|
Internet Archive Statistics
All but one of the books in the KU Pilot Collection are available on Creative Commons Non-Commercial licences that allow for sharing with others, as long as it is for non-commercial purposes. This means that users have permission to share PDFs with each other directly via email or messenger. It also means that the books can be made available for download for platforms other than OAPEN and HathiTrust, which KU is partnering with directly. One book is on a CC BY ND licence which allows others to use commercially.
This approach to licencing is already helping to increase the reach of the KU Pilot Collection titles. Unglue.it has posted the majority of the books in the Pilot Collection to the Internet Archive, increasing their visibility and discoverability and helping to promote the KU project and the publishers that are engaging with it.
The Internet Archive’s website does not indicate a starting date to their reporting period nor have all of the books in the Collection been uploaded yet. However, here are the statistics that we were able to obtain (status: 2 February 2015). These statistics are available for anyone to read.
|TITLE||Author||NUMBER OF DOWNLOADS|
|My Voice Is My Weapon||David A. McDonald||254|
|Understanding the Global Energy Crisis||Eugene D. Coyle, Richard A. Simmons||212|
|China's iGeneration||Matthew D. Johnson, Keith B. Wagner, Kiki T. Yu, Luke Vulpiani (Eds.)||171|
|Electronic Iran||Niki Akhavan||145|
|Beastly Journeys||Tim Youngs||127|
|Human Rights and Democracy||Todd Landman||115|
|Verse and Transmutation||Anke Timmermann||84|
|Making and Unmaking in Early Modern English Drama||Chloe Porter||83|
|Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece||Alan H. Sommerstein, Isabelle Christiane Torrance (Eds.)||73|
|Constructing Muslims in France||Jennifer Fredette||58|
|In Search of the Amazon||Seth Garfield||56|
|Law, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Terrorism||Roger Douglas||55|
|Partisan Gerrymandering||Erik J. Engstrom||48|
|The Emergence of Irish Gothic Fiction||Jarlath Killeen||40|
|Aging Gracefully in the Renaissance||Cynthia Skenazi||33|
|Fighting for a Living||Erik Jan Zürcher (Ed.)||31|
|Ever Faithful||David Sartorius||31|
|Governing Failure||Jacqueline Best||28|
|Biological Relatives||Sarah Franklin||28|
|Passionate Amateurs||Nicholas Ridout||27|
|Composing the Party Line||David G. Tompkins||24|
|Networks and Institutions in Europe's Emerging Markets||Roger Schoenman||16|
|Thinking and Killing||Alon Segev||16|
|The World Jewish Congress During the Holocaust||Zohar Segev||15|
|On Global Citizenship||James Tully||13|
TOTAL DOWNLOADS (up to 02/02/15): 1783
AVERAGE DOWNLOADS PER BOOK: 71
We hope to present statistics for HathiTrust’s digital library soon.