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RE: $1million at U Texas/Austin on E-Books?
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- From: Emily LeViness Poworoznek <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 21:22:00 EST
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Hello, I confess that I have not seen the New York Times in hardcopy for some time, but did read the lengthy (for a newspaper) article referenced in Ann Okerson's note. According to Lexis-Nexis, the cite is: >December 9, 1999, Thursday, Late Edition - Final >SECTION: Section C; Page 1; Column 2; Business/Financial Desk >LENGTH: 1964 words >HEADLINE: Racing To Convert Books to Bytes; Evolving Market for E-Titles >BYLINE: By DOREEN CARVAJAL It's quite interesting and mentions a few more companies, new and old, as well as some pricing considerations. Cheers, ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Emily Poworoznek Engineering & Physical Sciences Librarian, University of New Hampshire Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (603)862-4168 FAX:(603)862-4112 Post: Engineering/Math/Computer Science Library Kingsbury Hall, 33 College Rd. Durham, NH 03824-3591 USA ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ >_____________________________________________________________ >Ann Okerson wrote: > >> 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) >