eBooks as Textbooks: Implications for Libraries and Publishers

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Levine-Clark, Michael, “eBooks as Textbooks: Implications for Libraries and Publishers,” Invited. Cambridge University Press Asia Library Advisory Board (CALAB), University of Hong Kong Libraries, February 23, 2012.

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eBooks as Textbooks: Implications for Libraries and Publishers

  1. 1. eBooks as Textbooks: Implications for Libraries and Publishers Michael Levine-Clark Collections Librarian University of Denver Cambridge University Press Asia Library Advisory Board Hong Kong University February 23, 2012
  2. 2. CategoriesTextbooks Intended for course adoptionMonographs with likelihood of adoption Intended for research May be used in a course
  3. 3. TextbooksLibraries don’t traditionally buy Multiple editions = planned obsolescence Synthesis rather than original work Intended only for teaching
  4. 4. TextbooksCost borne by studentsHow might libraries absorb cost? Student fees?
  5. 5. Monographs with Potential for Course AdoptionLibraries traditionally purchasePublishers worry about impact oncourse sales if e-book in library
  6. 6. Key QuestionHow do libraries provide access to thesemonographs without damagingpublisher sales?
  7. 7. Option One: Single-User Licensing Library copy can’t serve multiple students Students buy their own? Library buys up to multiple user? Where does money come from?
  8. 8. Option Two: Library Pays Up Front Higher cost to libraries How do publishers/libraries know up front? Who pays? What if book isn’t used in courses?
  9. 9. Option Three: No Special Model for Course Adoption Same access, pricing as other ebooks Good for library Sustainable for publishers?
  10. 10. ConcernsLoss of access for librariesLack of e-availabilityDamage to ability to publish
  11. 11. QuestionsShould libraries collect e-textbooks?Should libraries pay extra formonographs used in courses? If so, how?

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