Guidelines for the Selection of Books in Electronic Format
Electronic books are defined as non-serial publications in electronic format, regardless of price, publisher, or whether acquired through purchase or subscription. These are acquired for the collection when selected according to the UFV Library Collection Policy (BRP-240.70). Some general guidelines are provided here for the selection of electronic vs. print books.
Electronic books may be preferred for:
Reference books, and other works not normally read cover-to-cover
Books with added utility in the electronic format
Texts which undergo frequent revisions
Books useable in electronic form that support programs at more than one campus
Print books are preferred for:
Both print and electronic formats may be acquired for:
Books which are normally read cover-to-cover
Books available electronically from temporary or unstable web sites
Books with unique utility in both formats e.g. literary texts that are read cover-to-cover in print, but analyzed electronically
Books preferred in electronic format, but which the Library would also like to make
Books selected in one format, with the alternative format provided at no added cost
The guidelines borrow heavily, with permission, from those used successfully by the SFU Library.
July 28, 2011 dc