Recently Released Full Text Report: “E-books and Libraries: An Economic Perspective”
Sheila Nataraj Kirby
(Prepared for the American Library Association)
American Library Association
Office For Information Technology Policy (OITP)
From the Document
In this paper, we provide an economic analysis of the current environment in which libraries acquire electronic books (e-books) and offer some thoughts about the future. However, we must emphasize that, because the use of e-books is evolving so rapidly, our predictions must be treated as subject to considerable uncertainty. Moreover, it should be noted that factors such as social equity, community welfare, and intellectual freedom are necessarily outside the scope of the paper.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.