Hidden Cost of eBooks at University Libraries

ebook“For the past few years, both California State University and University of California libraries have been experimenting with packages that replace paper books with ebooks. The advantages are obvious … But there’s a huge difference between casual and college reading, and recent studies prove beyond doubt that while ebooks are perfectly fine for the latest John Grisham or Fifty Shades of Grey, they actively discourage intense reading and deep learning.”…

North Dakota libraries, including the BSC Library, are also experimenting with ebooks.

In this thoughtful essay, Peter C. Herman, a professor of English literature at San Diego State University, points out some of the positives and negatives of ebooks for academic libraries and their users. Read entire essaybook

What do you think?



Survey says … College Students Still Prefer Print Textbooks

“Last winter, Hewlett Packard conducted a 10-minute online survey at the San Jose State University (SJSU) to measure student preference for e-textbooks and printed version. A total of 527 students were involved in this survey …
Of the 527 respondents, two-thirds of which have used both e-textbooks and printed version, 57% said they prefer print. Only 21% of those polled favor the e-version. The remaining 21% stated that they prefer both formats.
This survey also revealed reasons for preferring print, which ranged from “ease of use” (54%), “note-taking ability” (35%) to “physical feel of book” (11%). For those favoring the e-version, factors cited include “light weight” (34%), “convenient access” (23%) and “search function” (16%). “Cost” was cited by only 15% of the respondents as a factor in purchasing the e-version.”

Read complete article …

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National Library Symbol - Laptop version You don’t have to have an eReader to enjoy eBooks and eAudiobooks from the BSC Library?  You can read/listen to them on your computer screen vs. downloading them to a portable device.

For more info, take a look at the how-to sections and help screens for the library’s various eBook & eAudiobook collections, OR ask a librarian for help.



Survey Says …. We Like Tangible Things

I don’t know if YAs (young adults) in the USA feel the same way as YAs in the UK, but this is interesting.book

The majority (62%) of 16-to-24 year-olds in the United Kingdom prefer print books to ebooks, according to a new report from Voxburner. The report included responses from 1,420 participants surveyed  between September 25 and October 18, 2013.

The top two reasons that the respondents prefer print are:

  • print books are a good value
  • readers have an emotional connection to physical books

The other top-rated reasons for preferring physical to digital products are:

  • “I like to hold the product” (51%)
  • “I am not restricted to a particular device” (20%)
  • “I can easily share it” (10%)
  • “I like the packaging” (9%)
  • “I can sell it when used” (6%)

In terms of preferences for physical products versus digital content, printed books were the most desired, ahead of movies (48%), newspapers and magazines (47%), CDs (32%), and video games (31%).

Source: The Guardian

The Abomination of Ebooks

ebookEbooks … nothing but ebooks …. why we’re not there yet.

“This is not one of those rants about missing the texture, touch, colors, whatever of paper contrasted with the sterility of reading on a tablet. No, the real abomination of ebooks is often overlooked: Some are so ingrained in the product itself that they are hiding in plain sight, while others are well concealed beneath layers of commerce and government.

The real problem with ebooks is that they’re more “e” than book, so an entirely different set of rules govern what someone — from an individual to a library — can and can’t do with them compared to physical books, especially when it comes to pricing.”  Read rest of article …

OverDrive Media Console 3.0

OverDrive  For your eReading and eListening pleasure ….

  Beyond Library Walls Digital CollectionOverDrive Media Console 3.0 is live!

OverDrive is proud to announce the release of OverDrive Media Console 3.0, which is now live for iOS and Android users. Once you update your OMC app on your smartphone or tablet you will see a number of new features.

  Check it out!