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Lending Kindle e‐book readers: first results from the Texas A&M University project

Dennis T. Clark (Texas A&M University Libraries, College Station, Texas, USA)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 9 October 2009

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to evaluate the reception of the Amazon Kindle e‐book lending program at the Texas A&M University Libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper presents an analysis of genre of titles requested to be loaded onto the e‐book readers as well as a general review of the e‐book lending model.

Findings

The Kindle e‐book readers were extremely popular, and users selected titles for them that were mostly of a general reading nature; academic titles were rarely selected. The Texas A&M lending service has been successful and will continue. Other libraries should investigate e‐book readers to supplement their bestseller and new book collections.

Practical implications

E‐book devices offer sophisticated users a reading option that fits many needs. This is a relatively new way that libraries can offer sophisticated users options for reading; libraries must continue to invest in new ways of delivering content.

Originality/value

This is the first study on e‐book reader lending services in libraries.

Keywords

Citation

Clark, D.T. (2009), "Lending Kindle e‐book readers: first results from the Texas A&M University project", Collection Building, Vol. 28 No. 4, pp. 146-149. https://doi.org/10.1108/01604950910999774

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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