Libraries fuel e-book market

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



(2004), "Libraries fuel e-book market", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 32 No. 2.



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Libraries fuel e-book market

Libraries fuel e-book market

And more on e books (Ed.):

E-books have suffered a slow start and several setbacks over the past couple of years, but industry observers says things are finally turning around. “There was a pricing impediment and a quality impediment”, says Rosetta Books CEO Arthur Klebanoff, who cites a new generation of e-book devices that could jumpstart sales. “Today the [digital] reading experience is much better and prices have fallen.” But the biggest push may come from several library consortia that have added e-books to their collections. The King County system in the Seattle area offers members about 2,000 titles and records show about 3,200 e-books were checked out between 15 September and the end of November. “The response has been pretty good”, says King County Library System associate director Bruce Schauer. “In general, e-books will likely be used primarily for quick reference [on subjects] such as medical, travel and law. People are also using the search and highlight functions for homework.”

Source: Shelflife No 139, 15 January 2004, available at:

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