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Ebooks in the Academic Library

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Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference,


This paper on electronic books (e-books) in the academic library begins by defining the e-book and presenting general information on developments in the e-book industry, including collections of e-books that are accessed through the Internet and electronic editions of print books that can be downloaded to a proprietary reading device. A list of e-book reading devices, along with links to their World Wide Web sites, is included. NetLibrary, an online e-book collection that is enjoying popularity in all types of libraries, is described. The problems and challenges that the e-book presents to a university library are addressed, including circulation, readability, bibliographic control, and administrative problems. The LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act)-funded Electronic Book Evaluation Project is summarized. (Contains 14 references.) (MES)


Dowdy, J., Parente, S. & Vesper, V. (2002). Ebooks in the Academic Library. Presented at Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference 2002. Retrieved August 14, 2020 from .

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