Libraries and E-book Demand

All the kinks have certainly not been worked out of the ongoing electronic publishing “revolution”. Public and university libraries are experimenting with various forms of e-book borrowing, but a number of problems with e-borrowing have not yet been sorted out.

The Washington Post reports that DC area public libraries are so far unable to meet the demand for e-borrowing, especially of popular books such as best-selling novels. The following table presents the Washington Post findings:

Historians and other humanities scholars are attempting to develop new strategies for electronic publishing and digital humanities projects. Access to e-books and journal article databases (or the lack thereof) continues to pose significant limitations for using digital humanities texts and hypertexts effectively in or beyond the classroom.

The Washington Post article is available online.

 

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