Challenges to E-Reader Adoption in Academic Libraries

Challenges to E-Reader Adoption in Academic Libraries

Wexelbaum, Rachel S. and Miltenoff, Plamen.  Library Faculty Publications. Paper 20.http://repository.stcloudstate.edu/lrs_facpubs/20

Individual ownership of handheld e-readers is increasing exponentially. Limited budgets, accessibility issues, and the failure of many e-readers to meet academic needs prevent academic libraries from adopting them at faster rates. Librarians spend a considerable amount of time gathering information about e-readers prior to making an investment. This article provides a history of e-reader availability and selection in the United States, information on the challenges that academic librarians face in e-reader selection, and research results of various studies on e-book/e-reader use by students. The article reflects on the e-reader evaluation and decisionmaking process and makes recommendations for investment and training.