Academic Librarians on “Navigating the eBook Maze”
Two info pros from the College of Charleston Libraries discuss a few of the challenges with ebook adoption and usage in libraries focusing on what ebrary and EBSCO offer.
This column appears in the April 2013 issue of the The Charleston Advisor. The full text is accessible to non-subscribers.
The Charleston Advisor (April 2013)
Volume 14, Issue 4
This article addresses some of the challenges of library e-book lending and compares major vendor options. EBSCO and ProQuest ebrary are juxtaposed with regard to formats, titles, access, and support.
From the Column
If you have ever tried to search, access, and navigate e-books via a library catalog or database, you know it can be difficult and often times extremely frustrating. The variety of formats and readers is confusing enough, but formats and devices alone cannot explain the complexity of e-book lending issues. The real quagmire is in the systems enabling access to those different formats and devices. Library Journal’s “E-book Usage in the U.S.” reports that “complex downloading process” has risen to 41% in 2012 and that this has caused significant “barriers to user e-book access.” Other user barriers include lack of awareness, print preferences, limited titles, and difficulty reading texts on screen. Clearly, e-book vendors have work to do in order to make e-book content more user-friendly and easier to access if they expect college and university patrons to make substantial use of this content.
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Note: Although this column focuses on academic libraries, much of what’s being regarding access and ease of use also apply to what public, school, and special libraries provide.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) 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.