In this book, contributors review some of the exciting initiatives that
are being mounted in an effort to incorporate e-books into library acquisition, discovery, and access channels. As has been the case for e-journals, we
are developing institutional licensing models, allowing for the creation of
library “collections” of e-books often spread across a variety of platforms.
Although publishers try to retain the revenues associated with heavily used
materials, libraries seek to manage expenditures by maintaining sharing
models and responding to community demand with greater sophistication.
Even if e-books are growing unevenly, libraries and content providers can
take much satisfaction in the progress that has been made to introduce this
valuable new format for books.