January 21, 2022

Journal Article: “The E-Book War in Denmark”

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The E-Book War in Denmark


Lisbeth Worsøe-Schmidt
Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen


Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
First Published on Feb 1, 2017


The aim is to investigate how digitisation and in particular e-books have changed relations between private players and public institutions within the Danish book world through a case study of eReolen, a private-public partnership functioning as common platform for public libraries’ lending of e-books in Denmark. Traditional and new models of the book world are discussed as the basis of understanding relations between the players. A new way of analysing the field outlined by literary sociologist, Professor Johan Svedjedal, is adopted. The main conclusions are that the lending of e-books has disrupted the traditional understanding and interaction between the public library system and the commercial book market. In addition, the Danish library system through the partnership has taken on a new function in relation to the commercial market, namely acting as the engine in building a market for Danish e-books.

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11 pages; PDF.

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