E-book inaccessibility detrimental to institutions: Opinion

November 19, 2020
Academic librarians are becoming more and more frustrated with the prohibitive cost and/or accessibility of e-books, writes Caroline Ball. The article describes how e-books are often prohibitively expensive for libraries to acquire, as a single copy of an e-book for a library is often much more expensive than a copy purchased by an individual. The author says that publishers do not see library e-books as a source of profit and so will restrict library access to these resources, not offer new editions in electronic format, or offer limited user formats. However, Ball writes that the lack of access to e-books is detrimental to academics and institutions that must restrict access to physical books. Times Higher Education (International)