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Information Today - Medford
Subjects: United States; Publishing industry; Telecommunications systems & Internet communications
Author: Quint, Barbara
Date: May 2014
Start Page: 8
Pages: 1
Section: VIEW POINT
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In last month's ViewPoint column, the author discussed the challenge some librarians are facing in promoting the usage of their licensed ebooks when those titles do not come in formats that are preferred by library patrons. This month, she thought she'd do some empirical research, using herself as the lab rat. When reading the ebooks, she alternated between apps on her first-generation Apple iPad and an up-to-date reload on her Windows PC. Gratification, that's a good word for ebooks. They seduce your allegiance and then gratify your every wish -- except you still can't easily pass them on, and you do miss that sense of satisfaction in completing the last page and closing the back cover.

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