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E-books: yes or no? A case study of undergraduate students at the University of Namibia

Anna Leonard (University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia)
Maritha Snyman (University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa)

Collection and Curation

ISSN: 2514-9326

Article publication date: 11 January 2019

Issue publication date: 11 June 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to determine how undergraduate students at the University of Namibia perceive and use e-books. This paper aims to report on the result of a study that investigated the adoption of, views about and use of e-books at the University of Namibia.

Design/methodology/approach

The study used a mixed-method approach. It used three methods, namely, focus group interviews, observation combined with the think aloud and a survey to investigate how undergraduate students use e-books.

Findings

Major findings of the study indicated that students use and prefer e-books for course and research purposes. But they mainly use non-library search engines such as Google, Yahoo and commercial sites. Lack of searching skills, slow/unreliable internet and limited or lack of relevant content of e-book collections were the major hindrances affecting e-book use.

Originality/value

The findings of the study could be used to understand the use of e-books at the University of Namibia and at academic institutions with similar context to Namibia. The study contributes to the knowledge base of library and information science (LIS) by providing a detailed analysis on the views and use of e-books at the University of Namibia. The recommendations of this study can be adopted by libraries in other countries with similar socio-economic conditions like Namibia.

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Acknowledgements

This article is a short extraction and summary from the thesis on “Views about, adoption and usage of e-books at the University of Namibia” that was done at the University of South Africa. The thesis link could be found at: http://uir.unisa.ac.za/handle/10500/23180

Citation

Leonard, A. and Snyman, M. (2019), "E-books: yes or no? A case study of undergraduate students at the University of Namibia", Collection and Curation, Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 78-88. https://doi.org/10.1108/CC-08-2018-0018

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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