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Comparative Preferences for eBooks and Paper/Printed Books
Brick & Click An Academic Library Symposium (2012)
  • Leila J. Rod-Welch, University of Northern Iowa
  • Barbara E. Weeg, University of Northern Iowa
  • Jerry V. Caswell, University of Northern Iowa
  • Thomas L. Kessler, University of Northern Iowa
“Books are for use,” “Every person his or her book,” and “Every book its reader.” These seemingly simple principles of librarianship were among those developed by S. R. Ranganathan in 1931 and still serve us today. Even at a time when new technologies have the ability to make intellectual content even more accessible to readers, bibliographers are faced with decreasing selection budgets. How do we make wise selection choices? Do we purchase paper or electronic books or more precisely, when do we choose to purchase paper books and when do we purchase electronic books? Librarians at a Midwestern public university sought guidance from its patrons. A survey was conducted to examine the relative preferences for books in paper and in electronic forms. Characteristics of readers and their purposes for accessing books were explored as were the characteristics of the two formats such as accessibility, portability, and convenience. 
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Leila J. Rod-Welch, Barbara E. Weeg, Jerry V. Caswell and Thomas L. Kessler. "Comparative Preferences for eBooks and Paper/Printed Books" Brick & Click An Academic Library Symposium (2012)
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