Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Publication Title

Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services

ISSN

1464-9055

Volume

37

Issue

1-2

First Page

13

Last Page

18

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lcats.2013.03.001

Abstract

This case study describes the challenges of acquiring eBooks on an approval plan due to publication delays between print and electronic formats. The purpose of this analysis was to determine the average delay between print and eBook publication dates so that appropriate hold periods could be built into the libraries’ approval plan. Print publication dates were compared to eBook publication dates for approximately 30,000 eBooks to calculate the average delay between print and eBook availability. The data was further analyzed to calculate average delays for select publishers and subjects.

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