by Debra A. Miller
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The Current Controversies series examines today's most important social and political issues; each volume presents a diverse selection of primary and secondary sources representing all sides of the debate in question.; This title explores the rapidly evolving and controversial topic of e-books, including whether e-books are better than paper books; the actions libraries should take regarding e-books in their collections; the pricing of e-books; and the role e-books will; Each anthology is composed of a wide spectrum of sources written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields. This unique approach provides students with a concise view of divergent opinions on each topic. Extensive book and periodical

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ISBN-13: 9780737762235
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 02/22/2013
Series: Current Controversies Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 14

Chapter 1 Are E-books Better than Paper Books?

Chapter Preface 18

Yes: E-books Are Better than Paper Books

E-books Have Many Advantages Compared to Traditional Books Jason Cross Melissa J. Perenson 21

E-books Have Great Benefits for Academic and Research Libraries Sue Polanka 26

E-books Allow Authors to Self-Publish Easily Bethany Ramos 32

No: E-books Are Not Better than Paper Books Paper Books Are Still the Best Way to Read Books Eric Sammons 34

E-books Will Widen the Digital Divide Christopher Mims 38

E-books Are Not Greener than Paper Books Sierra Club Green Home 41

Chapter 2 Should Libraries Buy and Lend E-books?

Chapter Preface 45

Yes: Libraries Should Buy and Lend E-books There Should Be a Vibrant Rental of E-books by Libraries Martin Taylor 48

The E-book Market Must Open to Facilitate E-book Usage by Libraries Tim Kambitsch 53

E-book Sellers Should Listen to the Concerns of Libraries Kate Sheehan 59

Both Libraries and Book Publishers Should Respond Creatively to the Public Demand for E-books Kent Anderson 62

No: Libraries Should Not Buy and Lend E-books Libraries Should Get Out of the E-book Business Bobbi Newman 65

There Are Good Reasons for Libraries Not to Use E-books Yet Evan Williamson 69

Many Libraries Cannot Afford E-book Prices Michael Kelley 72

Chapter 3 How Should E-books Be Priced?

Chapter Preface 78

E-book Pricing Should Be Decided by E-book Publishers TendersInfo News 81

E-book Consumers Prefer Amazon's Low E-book Prices Charles Cooper 83

Public Libraries Should Root for Amazon to Win the E-book Pricing War PublicLibraries.com 87

Publishers Must Price E-books Higher than Amazon to Cover Publishing Costs Curt Matthews 89

E-book Publishers May Lose by Keeping E-book Prices Artificially High Mathew Ingram 93

Amazon's Predatory Pricing Could Destroy Bookstores and Print Book Publishers Husna Haq 96

The US Department of Justice E-book Lawsuit Will Have Little Effect on Price Competition Matthew Yglesias 99

Chapter 4 What Is the Future for E-books?

Chapter Preface 105

The Future of Writing Is Digital Sam Harris 107

E-books and Paper Books Will Coexist Jan Swafford 114

E-books Are Already Creating a Self-Publishing Revolution Deirdre Donahue 120

Five E-book Trends That Will Change the Future of Publishing Philip Ruppel 126

E-books Will Change the Textbook Business Jeffrey R. Young 130

E-books May Result in the End of Libraries as Book-Lending Institutions Jonathan Rochkind 136

Organizations to Contact 140

Bibliography 144

Index 149

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