Electronic books in public libraries: a feasibility study for developing usage models for web-based and hardware-based electronic books

This final report considers the background and implementation of a project that introduced electronic book (ebook) collections to Essex Public Libraries in 2004. The research considered ebook collections available for borrowing on a PDA (HP iPAQ) and collections downloadable on to the borrower’s PDA or PC (OverDrive, ebrary). The project, a partnership consisting of Loughborough University, Essex Public Libraries, and the Co-East Management Team.