The e-Books in Libraries

By Kamani Perera and Dinesh Chandra.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

“The whole of library experience demonstrates over and over again that no man is an island and neither is a library. Man is a sharing animal – at least at his best. It is through sharing that he finds self-realisation, enlightenment and fulfillment. The development of man and his environment depends absolutely on how much and how effectively he shares.” (Fetterman, 1974). The growth in scholarly publishing is creating a crisis in the traditional approach to disseminate scholarly information. Since libraries are experiencing the budget crunch in acquiring, housing and maintaining the escalating collections, there is a great pressure to change traditional publishing as well as the traditional library system. Now web based electronic books have become popular tools for academic research. It is because e-journals are an up-to-date source of information and can be accessed from any computer, which connected to network and Internet. These e-resources provide searching capabilities, timely access, links to related items, reference linking etc. To select quality e-books librarians can request a publisher to test out the production on trial basis. Trial periods help eliminate the guesswork in selection of e-books. Another option to consult other librarians to know about particular e-books performs in their libraries. The Internet has caused a revolution in the book publishing industry with the emergence of the electronic book (e-book).

Keywords: e-Book, Internet

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.57-62. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 478.467KB).

Kamani Perera

Librarian/Research Officer, Library, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Kamani Perera is currently working as the Librarian/Research Officer of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. She has over 20years library experience at Tea Research Institute and Rubber Research Institute in Sri Lanka. She underwent training on computerized library system in Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand and Military Library Training at National Defense University, Washington DC, USA. She has also attended several national and international conferences, presented papers nationally and internationally and also compiled several cumulative indexes and bibliographies.

Dinesh Chandra

Section Officer, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, New Delhi, India

Dinesh Chandra is currently working as Section Officer, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, TRAI, New Delhi. He is an IRCA London accredited lead auditor under ISO 9001:2000 and is presently looking after the Quality Management System in TRAI. He is presently doing his Post Graduation in Total Quality Management and is a keen observer on the subject.


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