E books & devices useful in an academic setting

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E books & devices useful in an academic setting

  1. 1. Kathy PetlewskiElectronic Resources Librarian Plymouth District Library mkp@plymouthlibrary.org
  2. 2.  According to Library Journal’s latest survey of e-book usage, collections in academic libraries have increased 93% in the past year. At the same time, 75% of college students still prefer print textbooks. (Book Industry Study Group Survey)
  3. 3.  Conducted in 2010 with 700 students & 10 faculty members. Used the CLIP e-textbook software from Courseload.Conclusion: Students motivated to use e-texts to save money. Needed the ability to print parts of e-texts. Faculty supportive of the value in e-texts to students.
  4. 4.  Starts Spring 2012 semester 4 publishers participating – Flat World Knowledge, John Wiley & Sons Inc, Bedford Freeman & Worth Publishing Group and W.W. Norton. Ebooks can be printed for a small fee. Students save about 2/3rds price of print. Courseload software – make annotations & work with classmates via devices. (iPads & Droid tablets or PC with browser)
  5. 5.  Open Library: http://openlibrary.org/ ProjectGutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ Google eBooks: http://books.google.com
  6. 6.  With a free account, you can borrow up to 5 titles for 2 weeks each. Books be read online in-browser, or downloaded to your device. Cooperative pool of ebooks contributed by 1,000 libraries. Show not only e-books, but a listing for all 20 million records. Project of the Internet Archive
  7. 7.  Many e-books available to supplement academic study. Some may be downloaded while others are only online, depending on site. Not all e-reader devices are compatible with the different e-books offered. Tablets and iPads read multiple formats with apps.
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