“With the introduction of books in a digital format, a number of opportunities to analyse usage and impact arise allowing us to learn more about how books are used than ever before. But, what does it all mean? Is the online reader as valuable as someone who bought the book in a bookstore? What does it mean if someone recommended reading the work to their friends on Facebook? How can we see if the book makes an impact outside academia?
This survey aims to collect information on how authors and editors of Open Access books (monographs, anthologies, edited collections, book chapters) make meaning of measures (or metrics) regarding usage and interactions with published books.
Examples of metrics collected about published books in digital format are usage (downloads/views), citations andmentions in social media (altmetrics). The print version of books is measured in the number of sold copies….”