By Michael Arthur
The migration toward e-books has meant many changes for librarians focused on collection development and acquisitions. The market is booming as publishers move toward offering all or nearly all titles in e-format, and librarians are working hard to stay on top of changes in publishing and procurement models.
Complete publisher packages, subject collections, title-by-title purchasing, demand driven, and evidence based models are among the most utilized methods by which libraries and their patrons are gaining access to e-books. Selecting purchasing models for e-books are challenging, because—as with any choice—both pros and cons exist.