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Faculty members at U. of Colorado at Boulder criticize Oxford U. Press ebook quality @insidehighered


Faculty members at U. of Colorado at Boulder criticize Oxford U. Press ebook quality @insidehighered.

From the article:

Ebooks may also be more accessible than print copies, but that’s not always the case. As part of the licensing agreements libraries sign, publishers often place restrictions on how many users can read the ebook at the same time, how long they can read it and how many pages they can print.

Hmmm, a single print book generally is used by one person at a time (except for passing around, but you could do that with a tablet or laptop or even a monitor), generally has a limited amount of time it can be used (for students, it is usually longer than, except for high-demand reserves, but then, an ebook is easily “renewed”), and there are copyright restrictions on how many pages could be copied (OK, that’s theoretical, but still…).

I’m not sure I understand the problem in the textual quality of the ebooks, at least as demonstrated by the examples in the article.

But one must wonder about the quality from Oxford University Press in particular, given its already overpriced titles and their exorbitant increase in the short-term loan rates.

 

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