The following full text research article (preprint) is scheduled for publication in an upcoming issue (Vol. 20 No. 1) of portal: Libraries and the Academy published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Daniel G. Tracy
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
portal: Libraries and the Academy
Vol. 20 No. 1 (2020)
This study reports on a survey of students in information sciences designed to test differences related to e-book formats and other factors. The results from 161 respondents suggest that strategic decision-making shapes use of different e-book and print format options for users who already have significant exposure to e-books. These format options include use in a browser, a downloaded pdf, an e-pub, or a printout. While distance student status related to reported use of library e-books, disciplinary background did not. On the other hand, experience in various fields of scholarship correlated to specific tasks pursued when using e-books, but distance status largely did not. These results suggest ways to tailor local and cooperative e-book collection strategies and related services for academic users.
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28 pages; PDF.
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