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The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries - Times of San Diego

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By Peter C. Herman"For the past few years, both the California State University and the University of California libraries have been experimenting with packages that replace paper books with e-books. The advantages are obvious. With e-books, you no longer have to schlep to a library to take out a book. You just log on from whatever device connects you to the web, at whatever time and in whatever state of dress, and voila! the book appears on your screen.

But the real attraction is price. Library budgets, along with university budgets, have been slashed, and such companies as Pearson and Elsevier offer e-book packages that make it possible to gain access (I’ll explain the awkward syntax in a moment) to lots of books at what seems like a minimal cost. The savings are multiplied when the package serves the entire system. So instead of each campus buying a paper book, all 23 CSU’s, for instance, share a single e-book. That’s the theory, at least. The reality is very different."

 

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"Instead, a library pays to access a data file by one of two routes: “PDA,” or “Patron-Driven Acquisition,” in which a vendor makes available a variety of e-books, and a certain number of “uses” (the definition varies) triggers a purchase, or a subscription to an e-library that does not involve any mechanism for buying the e-book. Both avenues come loaded with all sorts of problems.

First, reading an e-book is a different, and lesser, experience that reading a paper book, just aswatching a movie at home differs from watching one in a theatre.

There’s a huge difference between casual and college reading, and recent studies prove beyond doubt that while e-books are perfectly fine for the latest John Grisham or Fifty Shades of Grey, they actively discourage intense reading and deep learning."


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The impact of e-books on libraries and learning. Not good!

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Lower sales tax only for print not for e-books, EU court rules

Lower sales tax only for print not for e-books, EU court rules | Going digital | Scoop.it
European countries must levy standard rates of sales taxes on digital books and newspapers rather than the reduced levels possible for their printed equivalents due to e-commerce rules, the EU's top court ruled on Tuesday.
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All that glitters isn’t gold: the complexities of use statistics as an assessment tool for digital libraries: The Electronic Library: Vol 35, No 1

All that glitters isn’t gold: the complexities of use statistics as an assessment tool for digital libraries: The Electronic Library: Vol 35, No 1 | Going digital | Scoop.it
All that glitters isn’t gold: the complexities of use statistics as an assessment tool for digital libraries https://t.co/7bP12QO5zp

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Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age

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Algorithms can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. But experts worry about governmental and corporate control of the data, and how algorithms can
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e-κδόσεις, υψηλών προδιαγραφών, με ελεύθερη πρόσβαση, του Απόστολου Λακασά | Kathimerini

e-κδόσεις, υψηλών προδιαγραφών, με  ελεύθερη πρόσβαση, του Απόστολου Λακασά | Kathimerini | Going digital | Scoop.it
«Βρήκα τον θείο μου μέσα στο βιβλίο σου!» ακούστηκε να λέει πανεπιστημιακός στη συνάδελφό της, Ευγενία Μπουρνόβα, σε πρόσφατη εκδήλωση πανεπιστημιακών. «Το βιβλίο σου;» απόρησε άμεσα ο τρίτος της παρέας, επίσης πανεπιστημιακός. «Πότε το έβγαλες; Σε ποιον εκδοτικό οίκο;»... | Ημερήσια Πολιτική και Οικονομική Εφημερίδα
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Transforming libraries in Myanmar: The e-Library Myanmar Project | OUPblog

Transforming libraries in Myanmar: The e-Library Myanmar Project | OUPblog | Going digital | Scoop.it
I have been a lifelong librarian in Myanmar since 1985. It is a great pleasure and honor to share the challenges and success of the e-Library Myanmar Project implemented by EIFL.
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COAR » Librarians’ Competencies for E-Research and Scholarly Communication

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E-books fair game for public libraries, says advisor to top Europe court

E-books fair game for public libraries, says advisor to top Europe court | Going digital | Scoop.it
AG opinion: Digital lending should be subject to same rules as library loans.
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Q&A with author of book on how librarians can better serve higher education

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New book explores how academic libraries can shape their services to better serve higher education -- and what librarians should do to make it happen.
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Fair use prevails as Supreme Court rejects Google Books copyright case

Fair use prevails as Supreme Court rejects Google Books copyright case | Going digital | Scoop.it
Fair use is a defense to copyright infringement in US intellectual property law.
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Despite Digital Revolution, Libraries Booming in Europe - Handelsblatt Global Edition

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Despite the digital revolution and their fusty reputation, libraries are making a huge comeback in Europe.
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How Google Is Reimagining Books

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Editions At Play sees designers and authors working simultaneously to build a new type of e-book from the ground up.
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Library Wars: Amazon and Publishers Vie for Control of E-Book Rentals

Library Wars: Amazon and Publishers Vie for Control of E-Book Rentals | Going digital | Scoop.it
“ The widespread downloading of e-books unnerves publishers because digital files can be easily shared and proliferated”
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"Among the six largest trade publishers, only Random House has been selling e-books to libraries without restrictions, and a spokesman said that it is now "actively reviewing" its position. Macmillan and Simon & Schuster do not sell e-books to libraries at all. Hachette and Penguin withhold their newest titles, and HarperCollins caps the number of times a book can be loaned at 26 after which, in principle, it needs to be repurchased."


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How young librarians are figuring out the field's future — NewsWorks

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“ This piece is part of our Rebirth Of The Library show Take a look at the rest of our stories here pulse/libraryscience/ Today s information professionals say that Google hasn t made them”
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The Internet of Hackable Things You Don’t Own - Motherboard

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How DRM and End User License Agreements have threatened the very idea of 'ownership.'
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How Tech Education Can Change an Inmate’s Life

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Classes should be offered so that the formerly incarcerated don’t re-enter society behind everyone else.
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Reimagining the Monograph

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"Can we improve the digital experience and value of the long-form scholarly argument?"

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Most Students Don’t Know When News Is Fake, Stanford Study Finds

Most Students Don’t Know When News Is Fake, Stanford Study Finds | Going digital | Scoop.it
A study of middle-school to college-age students found most absorb social media news without considering the source. How parents can teach research skills and skepticism.
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How technology disrupted the truth | Katharine Viner

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Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism
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As E-book Sales Decline, Digital Fatigue Grows

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Limitations of reading devices and digital fatigue are cited as causes for the decline in e-book sales.
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Increasing numbers of UK academics now utilise university online capabilities | Jisc

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UK wide survey examines the attitudes of practitioners within higher education and cites the growing importance of online libraries to academics.
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Open Digital Science - Final study report

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Open Digital Science (ODS) and Open Science describe new and open practices in science, research and innovation that make extensive use of digital technologies. The use of digital technologies facilitates openness regarding data, methods, results, actors or publications with an emphasis on scalability of the approach in terms of data, access or computation.

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More than smartphones: White paper shows how 5G will transform EU manufacturing, health, energy, automotive, media & entertainment sectors

More than smartphones: White paper shows how 5G will transform EU manufacturing, health, energy, automotive, media & entertainment sectors | Going digital | Scoop.it
5G networks and services will be available from 2020 and will be the backbone of our future economy and society.
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The Unknown, Poorly Paid Labor Force Powering Academic Research

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Researchers are increasingly relying on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and its crowdsourced labor.
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92 Percent Of Students Prefer Print Books, New Study Shows

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The smell of old books is among the reasons students say they aren't going digital.
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The Costs of Publishing Monographs

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“ Executive Summary The University Press business model faces numerous challenges today, with revenues under pressure due to a host of factors, from the decline of bricks-and-mortar stores and shifting library purchase patterns to the still emerging distribution and revenue models…”
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