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Publication date: 23 September 2021

Rhoydah Nyambane

The purpose of this paper is to establish the place of the printed book in the era of technological advancement with the assumption that the print media is facing imminent…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to establish the place of the printed book in the era of technological advancement with the assumption that the print media is facing imminent death in the face of readily available and convenient online information. Also the paper aims to assess how the development of new technologies have affected the production, circulation and readership of the printed book, especially among the young generation.

Design/methodology/approach

Explanatory study was used with closed-ended approach to collect data from 50 students of the Technical University of Kenya and 5 key informant interviews with selected book publishers in Nairobi. The uses and gratification theory was used to explore the knowledge-seeking behavior among the respondents.

Findings

Findings showed that more than 80% of the respondents preferred the internet to the printed book, which, according to them, has no future in the face of technological advancement. Book publishers, on the other hand, felt that the printed book has a bright future among specific audiences who are committed to it, and especially those in the rural areas who have no access to the internet. While they agreed that the internet has posed a major challenge to the sales and readership of the printed book significantly, it is helping in marketing the printed book as opposed to killing it. New bookshops in Nairobi and modern libraries in high schools, tertiary institutions and universities demonstrate that the printed book is not dying soon.

Research limitations/implications

The researcher experienced challenges in data collection as the respondents were busy preparing for final examinations and hence many of them were not willing to spare time to fill the questionnaire. To solve this, the researcher had to spend more time to collect data as opposed to if the students were free and ready to participate in the study without any pressure.

Practical implications

The findings can be used as a basis for further research to widen the scope that can help bring a wider perspective to the topic. The results can also inform policy guidelines on the topic and also contribute to the body of knowledge.

Social implications

The topic touches on social phenomena that are affecting a number of young people and their information-seeking habits in the era of digital revolution. The way the young generation seek and use information should be of interest not only to academic staff but also to policymakers.

Originality/value

The paper is original based on primary data that was collected by the researcher from the respondents. It is backed by secondary data to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

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Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1477-996X

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Publication date: 16 November 2012

Bassil Ebiwolate Posigha

This study aims to investigate the use and future of e‐books in academic institutions in Nigeria, to identify problems encountered in using e‐books and ascertain the future

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Purpose

This study aims to investigate the use and future of e‐books in academic institutions in Nigeria, to identify problems encountered in using e‐books and ascertain the future of e‐books in academic institutions in Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

The study employed a descriptive survey method supported by a questionnaire. The population of the study consisted of basic medical sciences and faculty of education lecturers made up of a total number of 122 academic staff.

Findings

Although the survey sampled response was not large, it represented the university's lecturers. The study reveals that all the academic staff sampled in the university make use of e‐books. It also shows that both faculties investigated encountered constraints in the course of using e‐books. Finally it indicated that researchers' use of e‐books would double in the future.

Research limitations/implications

Only 122 (20 per cent) of the entire population of the 640 lecturers participated in the study. Furthermore, the female and male respondents were not evenly distributed. Hence, the size of the population and the uneven distribution of males and females surveyed placed certain limitations on the level of generalization of the findings.

Practical implications

The findings of the study may encourage library authorities to purchase and manage hardware and to negotiate for license issues for e‐resources to be done on time. It is also believed that the study will encourage the library to acquire more models of handheld devices and load them with e‐books from different vendors.

Originality/value

This is believed to be the first published study of the use and future of e‐books in Niger Delta University.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 30 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 13 July 2012

Hilary J. Westgate

The purpose of this paper is to report on panels and discussions about e‐books taking place at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report on panels and discussions about e‐books taking place at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair.

Design/methodology/approach

The author chose to attend several panels discussing the current issues and the future of e‐books, particularly in relation to libraries.

Findings

Publishers' and libraries' views on e‐books vary widely between countries, but all agree that e‐books are a burgeoning marketplace that is here to stay, although nobody can say in what form.

Originality/value

This international conference allowed for leaders in the industry from multiple countries to come together and share their diverse viewpoints on the topic of e‐books and their value, marketing, and future.

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New Library World, vol. 113 no. 7/8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 6 May 2014

Charlie Smith

– This paper aims to contribute to discussion about the changing role of libraries and their collections, through discussing projects designed by architecture students.

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Purpose

This paper aims to contribute to discussion about the changing role of libraries and their collections, through discussing projects designed by architecture students.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper reflects on design projects produced by final-year students studying for an undergraduate degree in architecture. A project was set for a group of students to design a “Book Repository”. Each researched their own interpretation of what this might be, given contemporary issues such as increasing digitisation, falling numbers of library visitors, changing users’ needs and what they interpret as a future for books. This paper reviews a selection of the projects in the context of contemporary research, and discusses the book as a physical object, contemporary library design and the role of libraries as civic buildings.

Findings

Despite being designed by digitally literate students, physical books are highly significant in every project; however, the cultural significance of the books is more important than the objects themselves. Also, the provision of spaces for the act of reading is notably absent. The relationship between the library and its context was a key theme for several projects, which explore innovative means through which to engage the public.

Originality/value

Collectively these projects contribute to debate over the role of books and libraries in contemporary culture through the eyes of young designers. The paper will be of interest to those involved in the procurement and design of libraries.

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New Library World, vol. 115 no. 5/6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 February 2005

Chennupati K. Ramaiah

The purpose is to bring together all bibliographic references of the published literature on electronic books (e‐books) and related technologies in one source so that it…

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Purpose

The purpose is to bring together all bibliographic references of the published literature on electronic books (e‐books) and related technologies in one source so that it will save time for others in conducting literature searches and reviewing the developments.

Design/methodology/approach

The information included in this bibliography is collected systematically from all the published sources in the world such as journal articles, conference papers, conference proceedings, books, reports and PhD theses on e‐books until the last quarter of 2004. Mainly it covers e‐books, e‐books publishing, the impact of e‐books on different types of users, e‐book publishing techniques and trends, e‐book user interfaces and other technologies related to e‐publications.

Findings

As computer usage continues to grow exponentially, the desire of users to use electronic publications (e‐publications) has also increased tremendously. This has led to the publication of materials in electronic form as e‐publications on both CD‐ROMs and web. The e‐book is one of the several forms of e‐publications and its popularity has been growing steadily for the past decade.

Originality/value

This bibliography will be useful to all researchers conducting research in any areas related to e‐books and e‐book publishing.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 23 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 1 February 2016

Sarah Elizabeth Luck, John William Lamp, Annemieke Craig and Jo Coldwell-Neilson

The focus of this paper is on the benefits that may eventuate through new mechanisms of production and distribution. As we enter the twenty-first century, the nature of

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Purpose

The focus of this paper is on the benefits that may eventuate through new mechanisms of production and distribution. As we enter the twenty-first century, the nature of the book and the structure of the industry which produces it are undergoing radical transformation, as developments in information technology offer new mechanisms for production and distribution. Most of the discussion of these changes is conducted from the perspective of what has been lost through these changes.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper reviews the history of the book from the perspective of the disruptive effects of the changes in production technology and impact on the roles involved in production, distribution and reading of books. Darnton’s Communication Circuit is updated to predict future limiting factors and opportunities for participation.

Findings

The evolution of the book has seen successive categories of workers involved in book production supplanted by the adoption of new technology. The updated Darnton’s model suggests that the roles involved in the production and distribution of the book will, however, be supplanted in favour of authors and readers of the book in the future.

Social implications

The predicted changes will alter the roles of authors and book users.

Originality/value

This paper suggests a novel approach to the discussion of the future of book publication and suggests future developments.

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Library Review, vol. 65 no. 1/2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 December 2001

Ana Arias Terry

Electronic ink and reusable electronic paper technology are painting their way out of R&D labs and into the world of signage, e‐books, and other hand‐held devices. This…

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Electronic ink and reusable electronic paper technology are painting their way out of R&D labs and into the world of signage, e‐books, and other hand‐held devices. This paper examines the evolving technology, the companies leading the efforts, and the possible applications and implications for publishing and academia. It offers some insights on market speculation from members of the professional and academic publishing community, industry analysts and venture capitalists. The paper concludes by making a few observations on current and future technological trends and their impact on the higher education market and society.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 19 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 30 September 2021

Timothy Webb, Zvi Schwartz, Zheng Xiang and Mehmet Altin

The pace of booking is a critical element in the accuracy of revenue management (RM) systems. Anecdotal evidence suggests that booking windows exhibit persistent shifts…

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Purpose

The pace of booking is a critical element in the accuracy of revenue management (RM) systems. Anecdotal evidence suggests that booking windows exhibit persistent shifts due to a variety of macro and micro factors. The article outlines several causes and tests the impact of the shifts on forecasting accuracy.

Design/methodology/approach

A novel methodological approach is utilized to empirically shift hotel reservation windows into smaller increments. Forecasts are then estimated and tested on the incremental shifts with popular RM techniques characteristic of advance booking data. A random effects model assesses the impact of the shifts on forecast accuracy.

Findings

The results show that shifts in booking behavior can cause the accuracy of forecasting models to deteriorate. The findings stress the importance of considering these shifts in model estimation and evaluation.

Practical implications

The results demonstrate that changes in booking behavior can be detrimental to the accuracy of RM forecasting algorithms. It is recommended that revenue managers monitor booking window shifts when forecasting with advanced booking data.

Originality/value

This study is the first to systematically assess the impact of booking window shifts on forecasting accuracy. The demonstrated approach can be implemented in future research to assess model accuracy as booking behavior changes.

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Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2514-9792

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Publication date: 1 March 1998

Philip Barker

Books form an important part of human culture. They can be used to document, entertain, inform and instruct. Conventional approaches to book production have involved…

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Books form an important part of human culture. They can be used to document, entertain, inform and instruct. Conventional approaches to book production have involved either manual or mechanical binding of sheets of paper in order to form an organised, structured, composite entity. New publication media now offer many alternative approaches to the creation of books and the ways in which they can be disseminated and used. This paper therefore discusses the growing importance of electronic publication. It then uses a case study to illustrate the influence that online books and other forms of electronic document might have on conventional publishing processes.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 16 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 1 March 1970

JULIAN BLACKWELL

We must first stop and think whether there will be a future for the book world. The book has been in use for hundreds of years, as a medium for communicating information…

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We must first stop and think whether there will be a future for the book world. The book has been in use for hundreds of years, as a medium for communicating information, but it is now meeting fiercer and fiercer competition. When television first became widely used, there were prophecies that the sales of books would diminish. Now we have colour television and video‐tape recording. Perhaps we shall soon be able to borrow a video‐tape of Ivanhoe or even the latest novel from the public library. The use of audio‐visual aids is growing fast, particularly in schools. Language laboratories, and teaching machines sometimes coupled with computers, are on the increase. Computer installations are increasing in number and scope even faster than the experts predict. We hear of plans for data bases for vast on‐line data banks. I am told that the main reason that Leasco took over Pergamon was to obtain Pergamon's journals for a data base.

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 22 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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