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Between publishers and library needs

The need for digital texts in academic libraries is growing as both students and academics increasingly appreciate their advantages. E-book publishers have become aware of this need, and started targeting academic libraries. Tertiary libraries are the biggest buyers of e-books, and publishers are developing new products to suit them. But to what extent do publishers fulfil library needs? Is the current variety of models satisfying or confusing for libraries and their users?

Librarians often argue that the e-book industry has been driven by the convenience of the publishers and that publishers have been conservative in moving into the e-book market and in their delivery options. On the other hand, publishers ...

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