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Duke University studies eBooks

If you use your imagination, you can see that in five to ten years, school course study will have evolved just because of the practicality of having tablets contain all the books you might be required to do your coursework negating the necessity of carrying 25 pounds of books with you to class.

The Duke University Libraries recognize that the format of the book, along with the content, plays an important role in the research process. The Libraries are committed to advocating for optimal e-book functionality in every phase of the research process. The guiding principle behind this E-Book Advocacy Statement is that e-books should have the following functionalities as an essential part of research support.

The Libraries are

  • exploring the complexity of the research process and how e-books fit within this process
  • learning from readers about their preferences
  • advocating to publishers on behalf of researchers’ needs

Based on S. R. Ranganathan’s  “The Five Laws of Library Science” written in 1931, they have updated and expanded the ideas to consider how eBooks can be utilized in the research process. An important aspect would be that information would be simultaneously available in all formats, including: Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook.

You can access the full report in pdf form here: http://library.duke.edu/ebookstrategy/

To view the “Five Laws” and their updated variants, you can click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_laws_of_library_science

iPub-Press supports the idea that eBooks will make it easier for students to access information needed to  learn and further their studies and therefore their lives and careers. We are actively seeking partners in education to collaborate in the development of study curricula using eBooks. For more information, or if you have a project in mind, email us here: info@ipub-press.com

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