Volume 20, Number 6 June 2000
From atoms to bits: the e-volution of the book
by Andrew K. Pace
COMING FULL CIRCLE column discusses the transformation of the book
from traditional print product to futuristic electronic unit.
Predicts that in five years, e-book sales will match those of
traditional print and that in ten years e-book sales will exceed
print sales. Notes that in the beginning, the technology was crude,
and suppliers were practically begging publishers for titles. Says
that now, however, netLibrary has over 16,000 titles an is adding
2,000 each month. States that there is a huge opportunity for
libraries to take the technological - rather than traditional - high
ground. Says that the traditional book is still cheaper and more
portable than an electronic book. Adds that a bigger problem is the
providing scholarly legitimacy in an intensively conservative
academic environment that still distrusts the validity of electronic
works of scholarship.
Includes a list of references.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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