- What Is Different About E-Books?: A MINES for Libraries® Analysis of Academic and Health Sciences Research Libraries’ E-Book Usage
- portal: Libraries and the Academy
- Johns Hopkins University Press
- Volume 15, Number 1, January 2015
- pp. 93-121
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Building on the theoretical proposals of Kevin Guthrie and others concerning the transition from print books to e-books in academic and health sciences libraries, this paper presents data collected using the MINES for Libraries® e-resource survey methodology. Approximately 6,000 e-book uses were analyzed from a sample of e-resource usage at thirteen academic and health sciences research libraries between July 2009 and June 2013. The authors report on findings about e-book usage and propose explanations regarding how the adoption path from print books to e-books differs from the growth in use of e-journals and the associated decline in print journals usage.