Written by Melody Diehl, Assistant Librarian
Regent University students and faculty like the Library’s e-books! Here are a few comments we received on the 2013 Customer Satisfaction Survey requesting that the Library purchase more online books:
- “Regent e-library is one of the best in terms of availability of Journals, articles and other resources. However, we need the availability of more e-books that instructors require for their course of instruction.”
- “I do wish there were more e-books available.”
- “Please provide more access to e-books”1
E-books are available through the Library’s databases. They offer remote access, full-text search ability, and in some cases, added features such as the ability to highlight passages or to create a permanent “bookshelf.” For these reasons the purchase of e-books is part of our resource development plan. In addition to individual e-book purchases, we subscribe to several large collections of e-books.
Currently, the Library has subscriptions to six large online collections of e-books:
Together, these six collections provide our readers with online access to more than 156,000 books. In addition to these monograph collections, our Dictionary & Encyclopedia databases offer researchers full-text access to a vast assortment of world-class reference books.
For tips on successful searching of the Library’s e-books, see our e-book webpage.
If e-books are so great, you might ask, why does the Library continue to purchase printed books? One reason is that many of the scholarly books that support University curricula are not digitized. This is especially true for Biblical commentaries. In an essay in January for The Wall Street Journal, Nicholas Carr, noting a marked slowdown in the sale of e-books, writes that light fiction has always occupied a disproportionate share of e-book sales. One of the reasons, Mr. Carr argues, is that “Readers of weightier fare, including literary fiction and narrative nonfiction, have been less inclined to go digital. They seem to prefer the heft and durability, the tactile pleasures, of what we still call ‘real books’—the kind you can set on a shelf.”2
Although, to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the traditional book’s death appear to have been exaggerated, the Library is committed to making more e-books available, especially in the subject areas taught at the University.
1The complete 2013 Customer Satisfaction Survey is available on the Library website at http://www.regent.edu/lib/about/css-surveys.cfm.
2Carr, N. (2013, Jan 04). Don’t burn your books–print is here to stay; the e-book had its moment, but sales are slowing. readers still want to turn those crisp, bound pages. Wall Street Journal (Online). Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.library.regent.edu/docview/1266448537?accountid=13479.