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Paper: E-books in Astronomy — If You Buy It Will They Come?
Volume: 433, Library and Information Services in Astronomy VI: 21st Century Astronomy Librarianship, From New Ideas to Action
Page: 295
Authors: White, M.
Abstract: Do astronomers want, need, or use online electronic books? At our large institution astronomers have access to a number of e-books, including monographs provided by various e-book vendors. After a marketing and promotion effort astronomers were surveyed on their use and awareness of the available resources, asking about their likes, dislikes and desirable features. Astronomers were queried about digital rights management (DRM) restrictions; did the ease and immediacy of remote electronic access to the content override the problems presented by DRM? Astronomers showed mixed responses to the e-book format. We need to seek continued user feedback as the Libraries’ investment in online books grows.
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