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eBooks and eReaders in Public and Academic Libraries

eBooks and eReaders in Public and Academic Libraries
May 2011

This report is a joint project of the Poudre River Public Library District, Colorado State University, and Front Range Community College and is a snapshot in time of the challenges facing libraries and e-books.

Executive Summary

Key findings
• This report is a snapshot in time. The eBook and eReader market is in rapid and constant
change, and even the experts say they have trouble keeping up.
• Academic and public libraries face different challenges with eBooks and eReaders in terms
of available content.
• Academic and Public Libraries face similar challenges in terms of devices and Digital
Rights Management (DRM)

Key recommendations
o Despite the rate of change, the time is now to invest time, effort and funds in three major
areas:
o Education for stakeholders (staff, community, patrons, students, deans, etc.)
o Targeted technological investments (but limit risk)
o Advocacy (access, changes to DRM, etc.)
o Continued partnership and study

Read the whole report here. (55 page PDF)

Stephen

Posted on: June 13, 2011, 5:56 am Category: Uncategorized

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