n South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Issues related to the adoption of e-books in academic libraries : a literature review
|Article Title||Issues related to the adoption of e-books in academic libraries : a literature review|
|© Publisher:||Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town and 2 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||10 - 17|
|Keyword(s)||Academic libraries, Collection management and E-books|
While e-journals have successfully been integrated into academic library collections, the same cannot be said about e-books. In this paper, the obstacles to e-book adoption in academic libraries in general is discussed using a review of the English-language literature published over the period 2007 to 2013. Issues identified are the changing roles of libraries in the digital age; collection development strategies; complex e-book purchase models offered to libraries; questions of copyright, licensing and digital rights management; format considerations; and availability of hardware and software on which to read e-books. Libraries continue to face these challenges today.
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