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Adoption of Electronic Books in libraries (Barbara Blummer) Bob Persing 09 Jun 2005 14:59 UTC

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Subject: Adoption of Electronic Books in libraries
From: Barbara Blummer <>
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2005 10:48:39 -0400

Please excuse the cross publication

I am wondering if libraries are adopting electronic books and their
experiences with this technology. If anyone could provide me with some
additional information, either by answering my questionnaire, or just
commenting on their experiences, I would greatly appreciate it!
Thanks in advance.
Barbara Blummer
Center for Computing Sciences

1) What percentage of your collection is electronic books?

Are they predominately fiction, non-fiction, reference?

2) Are ebooks popular among library staff and users alike?

3) How do the costs compare with print books?

4) What are the maintenance issues with ebooks?

5) Are there problems with digital rights management?

6) Who are the user groups of ebook technology?

7) Please provide information on the acquisition, cataloging and
circulation process of ebooks.

8) What technology is needed to access the ebooks for the library and
the user?

9) What tools and features of ebook technology enhance or obstruct the
reading experience?

10) How do you promote ebooks?

11) Do you believe this is a viable format for books, or a trend?