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Subject: E-bokens dolda kostnader
From: Jan Szczepanski <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 2 Oct 2014 11:06:42 +0200

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I Times of San Diego har Peter C. Herman, en litteraturprofessor vid
San Diego State University nyligen skrivit en intressant artikel med
The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries

Inte nog att den typen av böcker är olämpliga inom humaniora och
samhällsvetenskaperna och inte lämpar sig för högre studier och
forskning dom är dessutom utanför bibliotekets kontroll.


There’s a huge difference between casual and college reading, and
recent studies prove beyond doubt that while e-books are perfectly
fine for the latest John Grisham or Fifty Shades of Grey, they
actively discourage intense reading and deep learning.

Det som drabbade biblioteken med dom elektroniska tidskriftspaketen
kommer att förstärkas av dom elektroniska bokpaketen.


The same thing will happen with e-book packages. In the past, once the
library purchased the book, that was the end of the transaction. The
library didn’t have to keep sending the publisher money to keep the
book in circulation. No matter what happened, no matter how great the
budget cut, the book stayed in the library, because the library owned

But that is not the case with an e-book subscription. Right now,
prices seem entirely reasonable, but once a library or a library
system gets hooked, then they must continually pay the rising
subscription fee or else a huge number of books will just disappear.
With a traditional book, the costs end once the purchase is complete.
But with e-book packages, the costs never end. They just keep rising.

Framtiden ser inte ljus ut

Even worse, by replacing paper books with e-book packages, university
libraries will have outsourced the collection of knowledge to
multinational, private corporations whose primary goal is not
advancing knowledge, but profits. E-book packages are another step in
transforming libraries from centers of scholarship, teaching and
research into cash cows for Proquest’s bottom line.


Jan Szczepański
F.d Förste bibliotekarie och chef för f.d Avdelningen för humaniora,
vid f.d. Centralbiblioteket, Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek
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