Library Makes Big E-Book Move

Now Here\'s a library I can respect. Florida Gulf Coast University is buying 500 E-Books this fall for the students. Students will be able to access electronic books through the university’s OPAC.

\"Bryant Hinson, director of library programs for netLibrary, said the advantage of eBooks is access.

“Anymore, kids are more apt to go to an electronic version than a print version. Also, electronic books can’t be stolen, pages can’t be ripped out and they don’t need a spot on a shelf,” he said.\"

I just love to see librarians making bold moves like this.

Right now the university is testing netLibrary’s service and will continue to do so through the end of the month.

By then, Hoeth and her staff will have selected 500 titles for purchase. Depending on their selections, the service will cost the university $30,000.

Hoeth said that’s probably more money than it would cost to buy hardback books, which typically cost between $50 and $60 a copy.


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