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What On-Demand Training Do Learners Seek the Most? Show Me Top Digital Books Titles and Searches!

By Pam Boiros

Family-feud Annually, the Books24x7 Product Marketing Team tracks the top searches and the most popular on-demand training titles on Books24x7. The following list is a brief recap of the top titles and top searches across all digital books collections during the calendar year 2009.

Top Books24x7 Titles

Although the number one title across all collections remained unchanged from 2008 through 2009 (175 Ways to Get More Done in Less Time! by David Cottrell and Mark Layton) there was a lot of movement within the top ten titles overall. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Fourth Edition went from new release status to the number two spot for the year. The Third Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, which was number three in 2008, still hung on to a number eight finish overall. The 2008 second place title, Better Vocabulary in 30 Minutes a Day by Edith Schwager, dropped one position to number three.

Other titles in the top 10 included:

  • 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself: Change Your Life Forever by Steve Chandler
  • The Power of Charm: How to Win Anyone Over in Any Situation by Brian Tracy and Ron Arden
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • When Bad Grammar Happens to Good People: How to Avoid Common Errors in English by Ann Batko and Edward Rosenheim
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2007 For Dummies by Vanessa L. Williams

Taking a look at the top 50 titles across all collections, 31 titles were IT-related (reflecting the sheer volume of subscribers to the ITPro collections), 13 titles were related to business or IT certification training, 5 titles were related to project management skills and 13 titles were self-help or related to management and leadership skills training related. This mix highlights the variety of collections and titles offered by Books24x7 and the large number of subscribers across a wide range of disciplines and job titles.

Top Books24x7 Searches

Interestingly, “Java” continued as the top search term in 2009 and “Sharepoint”, the number two search term in 2008, dropped down to fifth place in 2009. “Excel” and “ITIL” held the number two and three spots, and “project management” jumped all the way up to the number four position overall in 2009.

Although IT terms still represented a significant portion of the top search terms for all of the past year (44 of the top 50), several business-related terms moved way up. After “project management”, the next most popular business search term was “leadership”, moving into the number 9 position. The other popular business search terms were “PMBOK”, “six sigma”, “management” and “communication”.

With Microsoft’s 2009 release of Windows 7, it wasn’t a big surprise to see the search term “Windows 7” move into the top 50 search terms. Other traditionally strong search terms encompassed programming and scripting languages (“C sharp”, “C++”, “PHP”, “Javascript”), databases (“SQL”, “MySQL”, “SQL server”), and enterprise applications (“Oracle” and “SAP”).

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