E-Books in Libraries: A Briefing Document from the Berkman Center

berkman E Books in Libraries: A Briefing Document from the Berkman CenterThe Berkman Center for Internet & Society has just released “E-Books in Libraries: A Briefing Document Developed in Preparation for a Workshop on E-Lending in Libraries,” by David O’Brien, Urs Gasser, and John Palfrey. The paper begins with a brief overview of the history and current state of the e-book publishing market, then traces the structure of licensing practices and business models used by distributors to make e-books available in libraries. It also identifies select challenges e-books present for libraries and publishers.

Download “E-Books in Libraries: A Briefing Document Developed in Preparation for a Workshop on E-Lending in Libraries” for free here.

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Cheryl LaGuardia About Cheryl LaGuardia

Cheryl LaGuardia always wanted to be a librarian, and has been one for more years than she's going to admit. She cracked open her first CPU to install a CD-ROM card in the mid-1980's, pioneered e-resource reviewing for Library Journal in the early 90's (picture calico bonnets and prairie schooners on the web...), won the Louis Shores / Oryx Press Award for Professional Reviewing, and has been working for truth, justice, and better electronic library resources ever since. Reach her at claguard@fas.harvard.edu, where she's a Research Librarian at Harvard University.

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