January 21, 2022

Research Article: “Factors Affecting the Use of Print and Electronic Books: A Use Study and Discussion” (Preprint)

The following accepted for publication preprint is scheduled for publication in the January 2018 issue of C&RL (College and Research Libraries).


Factors Affecting the Use of Print and Electronic Books: A Use Study and Discussion


Amy Fry
Bowling Green State University


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From the Introduction

This article outlines a study assessing and comparing the rate of use of non‐reference print an electronic book collections acquired during the same time period at one academic library. Rate of use  was examined for both collections by discipline and method of acquisition. The author found that 74% of  print titles acquired in 2008‐09 had been used within their first six years in the collection, and that 27%  of print books acquired between 2008 and 2014 had been used between July 2013 and November 2014.  By contrast, only 12% of the ebooks acquired between 2008 and 2014 were used during the same 17‐  month period. The author examines how different print and electronic collection development models  might affect monograph use in academic libraries within the context of previously published research.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.