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‘Just in case’ vs. ‘Just in time’: e-book purchasing models


Steve Sharp ,

University of Leeds
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Sarah Thompson

University of York
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Based on a breakout session held at the 33rd UKSG Conference, Edinburgh, April 2010

Case studies from the Universities of Leeds and York, together with the experiences of some libraries in the United States and Europe, are used to help demonstrate the range of purchasing options currently available to libraries. The advantages and disadvan- tages of routine title-by-title purchasing of e-books ‘just in case’ are examined, the emerging patron-driven ‘just in time’ model is explored, and the value of large publisher and aggregator e-book packages in com- parison to individual purchases is assessed.

How to Cite: Sharp, S. and Thompson, S., 2010. ‘Just in case’ vs. ‘Just in time’: e-book purchasing models. Serials, 23(3), pp.201–206. DOI:
Published on 01 Nov 2010.
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