Modelli di acquisto di e-book per le biblioteche dell'università italiana. Tre piattaforme a confronto (EBL, Ebrary, Ebsco)

Frigimelica, Giovanna Modelli di acquisto di e-book per le biblioteche dell'università italiana. Tre piattaforme a confronto (EBL, Ebrary, Ebsco)., 2013, vol. 5, n. 1. [Journal article (Unpaginated)]


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English abstract

In recent years, the spread of ebooks has grown exponentially. 24/7 availability, portability, the advanced tools offered by platforms make this product particularly interesting for academic libraries, which are in an experimental phase with regard to the selection and acquisition of ebooks. The article analyzes three platforms (EBL, Ebrary, EBSCO), to find out whether an Italian medium-sized university library can buy foreign titles in electronic rather than paper, and under what conditions. It provides information about titles catalog, business models, features available. The cut is practical/experimental, since the comparison among the platforms is based on a set, used as a representative sample, of 150 monographs, published in the last 5 years by different publishers and purchased on paper.

Italian abstract

Negli ultimi anni la diffusione degli e-book ha avuto una crescita esponenziale. L'accesso 24 ore su 24, la portabilità, gli strumenti avanzati offerti dalle piattaforme rendono questo prodotto particolarmente interessante in ambito accademico. Le biblioteche si trovano ad attraversare una fase di sperimentazione per quanto concerne la selezione e l'acquisizione degli e-book. L'articolo analizza tre piattaforme (EBL, Ebrary, EBSCO) in particolare con l'ottica di stabilire se un'università italiana di medie dimensioni possa acquistare titoli stranieri in versione elettronica anziché cartacea, e a che condizioni. Vengono presentate informazioni sul catalogo offerto, i business model, le funzionalità disponibili. Il taglio è pratico/sperimentale, in quanto i paragoni tra le piattaforme si basano su un set di 150 monografie, pubblicate negli ultimi 5 anni da editori diversi e acquistate in cartaceo, utilizzato come campione rappresentativo.

Item type: Journal article (Unpaginated)
Keywords: e-book, biblioteche universitarie, gestione delle collezioni, academic libraries, acquisition
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HO. e-books.
Depositing user: Giovanna Frigimelica
Date deposited: 12 Sep 2013 07:01
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:27


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