Comparative Usage of Science E-book and Print Collections at Texas A&M University Libraries Academic Article uri icon


  • This study compares usage figures between equivalent e-books and print books owned by the Texas A&M University Libraries in the physical sciences and technology. For NetLibrary, the top 10 science e-books were used over six times more than the print books, and the top 10 chemistry e-books were used over three times more than their print counterparts. For ebrary, the top 17 science e-books were used at least 17 times more than the same print books. In Safari, the top 10 computer science e-books were used 207 times more than their print counterparts. Usage statistics such as these can help librarians make informed e-book purchase decisions, especially in times of retrenchment. Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Kimball, R., Ives, G., & Jackson, K.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Kimball, Rusty||Ives, Gary||Jackson, Kathy

publication date

  • December 2009