I see a much greater recent acceptance and use of e-books by our students. A few earlier stabs with electronic casebooks here at the law school went nowhere, but this past year I’ve seen several students stop by the reference desk with an e-book open on their laptops. Maybe the time has come for us to take a closer look.
The Chronicle of Higher Education’s The Wired Campus feature made this note last Friday:
Sixty-nine percent of university research libraries plan to increase spending on e-books over the next two years, according to a recent study published by Primary Research Group Inc. . . .
Clearly e-book technology has improved dramatically in a short period of time. Only a year-and-a-half-ago college librarians were saying that e-books were not ready for the campus environment.
The study shows that the larger the library the more interested it is in purchasing e-books. And it also shows that foreign libraries are more attracted to e-books, than libraries in the U.S.—Andrea L. Foster
And L. Gordon Crovitz’s “Information Age” column in today’s Wall Street Journal, “Social Networking in the Digital Age,” includes this little bit of related information:
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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos disclosed [at The D: All Things Digital conference] that for books available on the Kindle electronic reader, some 6% of Amazon sales are now for the digital version. He enjoys physical books, but their future is in doubt now that there is the more powerful way of reading through electronic devices.
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