Ebooks: From Institutional to Consortial Considerations
By David Stern
While many academic libraries are still exploring the utility and acceptance of ebooks, either as replacements or supplements to paper monographs, it is not too early to begin considering the implementation issues for consortial purchases and/or leases of ebooks. These considerations add new layers and entirely new elements to the already complex ebook models still under exploration by individual libraries.
While electronic books have been available for a number of years, there is still little agreement about best practices, with many possible variations that make selection, payment, cataloging, searching, and presentation extremely complex. …