“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).
Librarian/Research Officer, Library, Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Section Officer, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, New Delhi, India
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