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$1million at U Texas/Austin on E-Books?
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- Date: Sat, 11 Dec 1999 12:24:33 -0500 (EST)
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According to the New York Times (12/09/99) and Edupage (12/10/99) citing the NY Times, the University of Texas at Austin is soon to spend $1million on licensing electronic books. We didn't know there were that many to be licensed out there, do dear readers, do tell us what sources exist apart from netLibrary.com? The Moderators ____________________ RACING TO CONVERT BOOKS TO BYTES Although skepticism remains as to whether readers will embrace digital books, interest in the electronic format is growing, with young people leading the trend. The University of Texas at Austin plans to spend $1 million to increase its current collection of 6,000 electronic books. Students are checking out the university's digital books at astonishing rates, says librarian Dennis Dillon. "Usually a book has a one-third chance of being checked out," Dillon says. "So to have some title checked out 25 times in two months--that's shocking." Companies such as Microsoft are preparing for a wave of digital reading, predicting that electronic books will overtake print books within 10 years. Meanwhile, traditional publishers such as Random House are skeptical about the new format but are still moving to digitize all of their titles. Startups such as netLibrary, which sells electronic books to libraries, are working to draw readers by offering a large selection of titles. However, in order to get publishers to sell titles, these companies need to prove that sufficient demand exists for the digital format. (New York Times 12/09/00