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Library E-Book Platforms Are Broken: Let's Fix Them
Academic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians, and Users (2016)
  • Galadriel Chilton, Yale University
  • Joelle Thomas, Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut
E-books promise users convenience and accessibility, but library e-book platforms contain so many barriers to use and access that patrons often turn away in frustration. In addition, aggregators’ e-book platforms often include intrusive, onerous digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. The traditional solution of DRM-free e-books are generally only available only in large and expensive publisher packages. One approach to solving these problems is an evidence-based selection of e-books program; it not only offers access to hundreds of DRM-free, unlimited simultaneous-user e-books that are integrated with similar e-journal content, but also includes an agreement that libraries will only purchase titles with the highest use.
  • e-books,
  • ebooks,
  • library,
  • libraries,
  • collections,
  • collection development,
  • access,
  • usability,
  • user experience
Publication Date
November, 2016
Ward, S. M., In Freeman, R. S., & In Nixon, J. M.
Purdue University Press
Charleston Insights in Library, Archival, and Information Sciences
Citation Information
Galadriel Chilton and Joelle Thomas. "Library E-Book Platforms Are Broken: Let's Fix Them" West LafayetteAcademic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians, and Users (2016) p. 249
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