E-books for e-medicine

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 55, No. 7, September 2013, Page 323 College Library

E-books accounted for 20% of the entire book industry in 2012 according to the As­sociation of American Publishers. The College Library reflects this trend: over 270 medical e-books are available to registrants through the College’s website (www.cpsbc.ca/library). E-books are available from Access Medicine, EBSCO, and MD Consult, and include titles such as Braunwald’s Heart Disease and an electronic version of the classic Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine known as Harrison’s Online. Some e-books, including these two titles, contain supplemental multimedia content such as videos and images that are not available in the original paper book.

College registrants can now directly participate in the acquisition of College e-books as the library launches a new acquisition model known as Patron Driven Acquisi­tion (PDA). Patron usage directly in­fluences the selection process—perusal of an e-book by patrons over a predetermined threshold (e.g., a certain number of pages read, or the book is used for 10 minutes or more) triggers the purchase of the book which then becomes a permanent part of the library’s collection. 

Registrants may engage in PDA selection by exploring either the list of e-books on the books and journals page on the library website or by searching for e-books in the online catalogue at szasz.cpsbc.ca. These PDA e-books are in PDF format and require no additional software to view. They can be viewed on personal computers, as well as on an iPad and most other e-reader platforms.
—Robert Melrose
College Librarian


This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.

Robert Melrose. E-books for e-medicine. BCMJ, Vol. 55, No. 7, September, 2013, Page(s) 323 - College Library.

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