Thomas, Susan E.
January 2007
Indiana Libraries;2007, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p39
Electronic books, while not as popular as electronic journals, continue to be produced, marketed, and used with marginal popularity. Why is it that we see a strong public demand for electronic journals and a reluctance to use e-books? One reason that e-journals succeed may be that the articles are often shorter and easier to print. Research on user preferences indicates mixed reactions to the use of e-books. Is it possible that the printed word is the best technology for monographic publications? Is the problem with e-books more complicated than simple nostalgia for the touch and feel of a book? Existing research on the utilization of electronic text has not been widely distributed. This article will review survey responses, reactions, and feelings toward e-books, along with some of the current research findings indicating there may be more problems with e-books than meet the eye.


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