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Collection development (Libraries), Electronic publications


In this article the author addresses various aspects regarding the feasibility of library lending services for electronic books (e-books). She suggests that several conditions make e-books difficult to incorporate into library collections, particularly at academic libraries. Topics include lack of interoperability among e-book reader formats, compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), and digital rights management of e-books by publishers and vendors.


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