Wednesday, April 06, 2011
E-books are worth it
Greetings from CCA-EDUCAUSE Australasia 2011 in Sydney, where Ksenija Mincic-Obradovic, University of Auckland Library talked on "E-books: how can we show they are worth it?". Ksenija showed statistics on the borrowing of paper and e-book copies of the same works, showing the electronic versions are accessed far more often than the paper books. She pointed out that students are borrowing these books because they are required to for courses, not for casual browsing. She also pointed out that proper cataloguing of e-books is just as important as for paper books. The university provides an e-learning course to familiarise both students and staff with e-books.