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ERIC Number: EJ925992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-1
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
Ebooks and the Retailization of Research: Peer to Peer Review
Fister, Barbara
Library Journal, v135 n13 p24-25 Aug 2010
Most recently, Amazon crowed that it is selling more ebooks than hardcovers. Interestingly, the most recent figures from the Association of American Publishers indicate that new adult hardcover sales in both April and May rose by more than 40 percent over the same months last year, a rebound from last year's shopping paralysis brought on by the financial collapse. Though ebook sales are growing fast, the author argues that they still represent a small percentage of total book sales. What to her is more significant is that they represent a new relationship readers have with their books. What academics need from ebooks is not less than what they can expect from print books, but more. The challenge they face is including ebooks in libraries without compromising their opposition to censorship, their defense of privacy as a condition of intellectual freedom, their support of sharing as a fundamental process of scholarly inquiry, and their underlying belief that access to information should not be predicated on an individual's ability to pay.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
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