Michael Levine-Clark, Associate Dean for Scholarly Communications and Collections Services, University of Denver, and Rebecca Seger, Director, Institutional Sales, Oxford University Press USA, reviewed key challenges and future possibilities for e-books. They identified five key challenges:
Developing sustainable, flexible and predictable models in an era of budget crises in libraries, unpredictable revenue for publishers, short term loans, and multiple models.
Preservation of content, long-term access, and the choice of a hosting platform.
Sharing of resources. Libraries want interlibrary loan rights for e-books, which is a core value in the print world.
Course adoption. Many textbooks are now available as e-books, but libraries do not normally buy textbooks for their collections, which impacts their sales.
Future of the monograph. New publishing models are causing challenges. The book rental market is changing the economics of textbook publishing. Print still matters within the context of e-books.
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