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A Snapshot of OLL Activity on 10th November, 2017

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[Site Users 5-11 Nov. 2017]

On that day the OLL website had …

  • 1,739 titles,
  • by 481 authors,
  • and 1,252 essays
  • in 23 categories

Main Content and Features

Content organised by “Titles,” “Groups,” “People,” and “Ideas

Searchable via the Advanced Search page by key word and filtered by author or title

Quotations about Liberty and Power - 551 quotations in 30 topics

Images of Liberty and Power - 66 illustrated essays

Liberty Matters: An Online Discussion Forum - 31 essays

  • topics have included: John Locke, James Buchanan, Arthur Seldon, Ludwig von Mises, Hugo Grotius, Alexis de Tocqueville, James Mill, Herbert Spencer, John Stuart Mill, William Shakespeare, Israel Kirzner, Friedrich Hayek, Gordon Tullock, and many others.

The OLL Reader: An Anthology of the Best of the Online Library of Liberty - 80 chapter length items in 12 categories

A Brief History of the Site

  • first went online in March 2004 with 300 titles
  • July 2007 1st redesign of OLL went online
  • Oct. 2007 1,000th title went online
  • January 2013 the bi-monthly Liberty Matters: An Online Discussion Forum began
  • March 2014 second major redesign of site went public

Download data for the Academic Year 2016-2017

(The data comes from our analysis of the server logs.)

Number of Downloads per Month

One way to measure traffic to the site is to count the number of books, essays, and audio files which are downloaded by visitors. The books and essays are in various formats such as HTML, PDF, Kindle, and ePub. The total number of downloads from the site during the Academic Year Sept. 2016 to Aug. 2017 was 17.8 million, with the peak month being April 2017 with 1.8 million.

Month (2016-17)

  • September - 1,646,179
  • October - 1,775,352
  • November - 1,466,636
  • December - 1,353,914
  • January - 1,308,702
  • February - 1,370,988
  • March - 1,285,335
  • April - 1,795,530
  • May - 1,751,697
  • June - 1,527,810
  • July - 1,213,546
  • August - 1,266,254

Total downloads for AY 2016-17 - 17,761,943

Number of users in October 2017

Google Analytics provides us with a better picture of our Audience:

  • Sessions: 288,483
  • Users : 234,460
  • Pageviews : 461,491
  • Pages / Session; 1.60
  • Avg. Session Duration: 00:01:19

Based upon past volume we estimated that the annual number of Users of the OLL website at the current rate is approximately 2.3 million.

What our Visitors were Reading in the month of October 2017

This is the last full month of data (for October, 2017) we have at the moment of writing (Nov. 2017). Data comes from our analysis of the server logs as well as Google Analytics (which from now on will be our main source of data about the OLL site).

  • 1,223,572 views/downloads of books (in HTML format)
  • 263,286 views/downloads of supplementary essays and study guides

Note: Books can also be downloaded in other formats such as PDF, Kindle, ePub. We do not have data about downloads of these formats at this time.

Top Ten Books viewed (in HTML: URL format /titles):

  1. 12,489 - Milton, Areopagitica (1644) (Jebb ed.)
  2. 10,743 - Dante, The Divine Comedy, Vol. 1 (Inferno)
  3. 10,459 - M.J.C. Vile, Constitutionalism and the Separation of Powers
  4. 10,459 - John Locke, The Works, vol. 1 An Essay concerning Human Understanding Part 1
  5. 9,273 - John Locke, The Two Treatises of Civil Government (Hollis ed.)
  6. 7,182 - Montesquieu, Complete Works, vol. 1 The Spirit of Laws
  7. 6,325 - George W. Carey, The Federalist (Gideon ed.)
  8. 6,267 - John Dickinson, Empire and Nation: Letters from a Farmer
  9. 5,998 - Ellis Sandoz, Political Sermons of the American Founding Era. Vol. 1 (1730-1788)
  10. 5,686 - James McClellan, Liberty, Order, and Justice

Most viewed Essays and Study Guides (URL format /pages):

  1. 49,033 - 1791: US Bill of Rights (1st 10 Amendments)
  2. 9,716 - Montesquieu and the Separation of Powers
  3. 3,783 - Tocqueville’s Critique of Socialism (1848)
  4. 3,043 - Madison’s Theory of the Republic
  5. 2,454 - Major Political Thinkers: Plato to Mill
  6. 2,353 - Reader’s Guide to John Locke, Two Treatises (1689)

Top Ten authors (visits to author bio page: URL format /people):

  1. 10,899 - John Stuart Mill
  2. 8,537 - John Locke
  3. 6,528 - David Hume
  4. 5,751 - Leonard P. Liggio
  5. 5,624 - Herbert Spencer
  6. 5,588 - Ludwig von Mises
  7. 5,576 - John Milton
  8. 4,864 - Dante Alighieri
  9. 4,806 - Voltaire
  10. 4,802 - Marcus Tullius Cicero

Most Viewed Quotations about Liberty and Power (URL format: /quotes)

[This data is provided by Google Analytics.]

Total number of quotations from our collection viewed in October 2017: 30,615.

Most popular quotes:

  1. 5,175 : John Locke on the rights to life, liberty, and property of ourselves and others (1689) /quotes/497
  2. 1,844 : Jefferson’s preference for “newspapers without government” over “government without newspapers” (1787) /quotes/302
  3. 1,540 : Socrates as the “gadfly” of the state (4thC BC) /quotes/341
  4. 1,357 : Lord Acton writes to Bishop Creighton that the same moral standards should be applied to all men, political and religious leaders included, especially since “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (1887) /quotes/214
  5. 835 : John Locke on “perfect freedom” in the state of nature (1689) /quotes/317
  6. 700 : Jefferson on the right to change one’s government (1776) /quotes/327

Last modified November 15, 2017