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|Title:||E-books and readers in public libraries: literature review and case study|
|Author(s):||Jessica E. Moyer, (School of Information Studies, UW Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA), Jennifer Thiele, (School of Information Studies, UW Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)|
|Citation:||Jessica E. Moyer, Jennifer Thiele, (2012) "E-books and readers in public libraries: literature review and case study", New Library World, Vol. 113 Iss: 5/6, pp.262 - 269|
|Keywords:||Digital content, E-books, E-readers, Leisure reading, Public libraries|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/03074801211226346 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The authors wish to thank Tim Fitzgerald, Adult Services Director, Ted Stark, Director, and the staff of the Menomonie Public Library for sharing circulation data and patron feedback and for answering many questions about the Kindle program.|
Purpose – This paper aims to provide an overview of current research on the use of e-books and e-book readers as they gain popularity in libraries.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a literature review and a case study of a public library which has a Kindle lending program. An e-book case study is examined, highlighting a mid-sized public library which implemented a Kindle e-book lending program. The article includes a follow-up discussion as to how libraries are including digital content in their collections, and changing the way they do business to accommodate the new technologies that people are increasingly asking for. The paper also gives tools for librarians looking to start their own e-book lending program, and provide additional information on what resources are currently available.
Findings – One conclusion can be made. E-books will not be going away any time soon. The Kindle lending program at the library has been extremely successful and well received by patrons
Research limitations/implications – Because of this very small case study approach, the research results may not be generalizable.
Originality/value – This research trend is new, and has not had much study. It gives a wide variety of opportunity for pilot studies, and subsequent ones.
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