The latest electronic publishing phenomena are electronic books or E-Books. E-Books are the next wave of the digital library after electronic journals. Particularly in Higher Education they could have a big impact on learning and teaching, in the next few years, making more student texts more easily available to more students. This report starts with a discussion of the definition of the E-Book and then reviews their pros and cons. In the second section of the report we describe road trials of some reading software, with a view to developing a skeleton list of E-Book system evaluation criteria, primarily for libraries. The rest of the report considers the use of E-Books in information services, chiefly public and academic libraries.
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|Library & Information Briefings
|Published - Mar 2001