What Makes an E-book Platform Work for Academic Researchers

Library Resources | March 14, 2017

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A recent survey highlights the importance of an intuitive e-book platform, especially when presenting academic research. Find out more about the features that best support scholarly resources and academic research and see a video of that user research in action with EBSCO eBooks™.

When it comes to choosing an e-book platform, there are some important things to consider and how the platform supports the research needs of the user is one of the most essential features. Reading a best-selling novel and using an e-book for academic research are completely different reading methods and any e-book platform truly designed to serve academic students needs to be cognizant of and address the user experience as a way to optimize content delivery.

The 2016 Library Journal Survey of Ebook Usage in U.S. Academic Libraries found that the most important e-book features for academic library users include the ability to save, share, and download e-book content. These features help researchers take advantage of a collaborative research environment and ensure that students have the scholarly resources they need and the access they desire. The survey reported that additional features such as URLs that won’t change, a mobile-optimized version (ePUB), and PDF formats that are easy to share, annotate, highlight, print and reference are also important usability factors for students using e-books to complete their academic coursework.

If students become frustrated by a format or platform, they will be less likely to use it again, so the user experience is an essential part of student success and increasingly important as e-book adoption grows.

Watch the EBSCO eBook platform in action and see how streamlined user experience tools make research convenient, efficient and productive.

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