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RE: $1million at U Texas/Austin on E-Books?
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- From: Ann Okerson <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 00:35:35 -0500 (EST)
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Bill DeJohn sends the following message: ---------------------------------------------------------------------- From: "Bill DeJohn" <William.T.De-Johnfirstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Subject: RE: $1million at U Texas/Austin on E-Books? Date: Sat, 11 Dec 1999 14:59:21 -0600 Try these locations. evidently there are several out there in 'niche' subject areas but probably no broker providing purchases from them all, at this time. I didn't think the reference to U of Texas Austin and $1 million indicated what "period of time" that $1 million would be spent over..... books24X7.com has IT (technical) related books (only ~300). itknowledge.com also has titles available. In addition, some individual publishers sell their titles in electronic format, typically in PDF format which requires a separate software package, such as the Adobe reader. And, more are coming as indicated in the NYTimes article. Bill DeJohn, MINITEX Library Information Network > -----Original Message----- > From: firstname.lastname@example.org > [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Ann Okerson > Sent: Saturday, December 11, 1999 11:25 AM > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: $1million at U Texas/Austin on E-Books? > > > 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