Impact of e-books in academic libraries

S. K. Pandey


E-books are attracting user’s attention in today ICT environment. In this paper we are discussing about the basic concept, advantage and disadvantage. Paper also highlights the Digital Right Management of e-books. Now a day’s students, wants remote information available on their desktop, laptop and mobile phone. Search the relevant information in a timely manner is critical for both the researcher and the library professional. The full text search capabilities of e-books should be integrated into our library OPAC to enable user to search within the library electronic collection as well as across other electronic materials available on the web [1]. “Publishers and academic librarians expect that e-books would not lose the advantages that printed books offered to them. Hence, publishers restrict the usage of e-books to ensure revenues as if from selling individual copies. Librarians try to regain the same level of control over e-book collections as for printed materials. There is a lot of research on various aspects of e-books and their collections in academic libraries in recent years” [2].

Keywords: Electronic Books; e-books; electronic publishing; e-book reader; e-book device; digital book