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Coming full circle: from atoms to bits: the e-volution of the book

Computers in libraries [June 2000]


Abstract: COMING FULL CIRCLE column discusses the transformation of the book from traditional print product to futuristic electronic unit. Predicts that in five years, e-book sales will match those of traditional print and that in ten years e-book sales will exceed print sales. Notes that in the beginning, the technology was crude, and suppliers were practically begging publishers for titles. Says that now, however, netLibrary has over 16,000 titles an is adding 2,000 each month. States that there is a huge opportunity for libraries to take the technological - rather than traditional - high ground. Says that the traditional book is still cheaper and more portable than an electronic book. Adds that a bigger problem is the providing scholarly legitimacy in an intensively conservative academic environment that still distrusts the validity of electronic works of scholarship. Includes a list of references.

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Publication Year:2000
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Computers in libraries
Publication Info:Volume 20 Number 06
Issue:June 2000
Publisher:Information Today
Place of Publication:Medford, NJ
Notes:Issue Theme: Making Collection Development Decisions Today
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Subject: Collection development
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Record Number:8585
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