Business: Books & Ebooks

While some books continue to be published on paper, an increasing number of books are also available electronically. Because many areas of business demand current information, the shift to the electronic format is important.

Electronic Books

When providing information sources to those with interests in business, it's important to consider their format preferences. While it can be useful to read professional literature on the topic of e-books, it's equally important to remember that e-book use is changing rapidly. Rather than relying on older studies, use their approach to research design to help in planning your own local studies to determine user interests and needs.

Read E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps from PewInternet. This research is now more than a year old. Based on the data presented, can you predict the future of e-book use?

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Read two articles about e-book usage and preferences. Notice that one is from 2011 and the other is from 2014. How has the use of e-books changed nationwide during this time? What are the implications for these two studies? If you were conducting a study, what aspects do you think have changed over the last few years? What's likely to change in the near future?

Read Simon, Carol (July 1, 2011). Just the facts: an examination of e-book usage by business students and faculty. Reference Librarian, 52, 263-273.

Read Costello, Bethany Koestner (2014). Does book subject influence format preference? Survey results from a sample of graduate business school students, staff, and faculty. Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, 19(4), 319-332.

Government Ebooks

The U.S. Government Bookstore provides access to books for download and purchase. Although there’s a charge for print publications, there are many ebooks that can be downloaded for free or at a low cost at http://bookstore.gpo.gov/ebooks.

The College Preparation Checklist is a free ebook exploring ways that youth can prepare for college.

For librarians and students seeking ebooks specifically, include the term “ebook” in the search of the Catalog of U.S. Publications. The ebooks can be downloaded free of charge on various ebook reading devices. Most books can be downloaded in the ePUB, MOBI for Kindle, PDF, or iBook format.

Although most of these ebooks aren’t designed for children, many free books would be of interest to teens and adults. Examples include

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Browse the books available through the U.S. Government Bookstore. Also, explore ebooks in the Catalog of U.S. Publications. Try some other government websites. Are ebooks common or uncommon? Can you see any trends?

E-book Databases

Books24x7. Contains hundreds of "best-of-breed" books from the world's top publishers such as MIT Press, Microsoft Press, Osborne/McGraw-Hill, Que, Sams, Sybex and Wiley. New books are included. Available through IUPUI. Make of the books are in the areas of business applications.

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Go to the Books24x7 collection. Seek out a work in a very specialized area. Then, do a Wikipedia search on the same topic. How is the level of depth in the book different than what can be found in an encyclopedia? Share the book citation and your thoughts.

ebrary. Hundreds of business-related titles.

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Go to ebrary. Identify three recent books in one sub-discipline that might be of interest to a business professional rather than a scholar.


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