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|Title:||Scholarly e-books: The views of 16,000 academics: Results from the JISC National E-Book Observatory|
|Authors:||Jamali, H. R.|
|Citation:||Aslib Proceedings: NEW INFORMATION PERSPECTIVES, 2009, 61 (1), pp. 33-47|
|Abstract:||Purpose – This study, a part of JISC‐funded UK National E‐Books Observatory, aims to find out about the perspective of students and academics, the main e‐book users, on e‐books. Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides an analysis of two open‐ended questions about e‐books, contained in a UK national survey conducted between 18 January and 1 March 2008. The survey obtained a response from more than 20,000 academic staff and students; 16,000 free‐text responses were obtained to these two questions. Findings – The study discloses that convenience associated with online access along with searchability was the biggest advantage of e‐books. The study shows a potential market for e‐textbooks; however, e‐books have yet to become more student‐friendly by improving features such as printing and screenreading. Originality/value – This is the biggest survey of its kind ever conducted and it improves one's knowledge of what the academic community thinks of e‐books.|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles, University Library|
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