Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Publishing Companies Grow Concerned Over E-Reserves on Campuses

May 25, 2005 — There's been a change in Ellen Lichtenstein's study patterns.

For half her classes this past year, she no longer had to visit a library to get the reading materials professors had placed on reserve. Instead, she only needed Internet access and a password.

"It's as simple as logging into my e-mail account, clicking on a few links and printing it," said Lichtenstein, 21, a New York University communications senior from Birmingham, Ala. "There's no going to the library, waiting on line, waiting to Xerox it, there's none of that."

And publishing companies are worried precisely because of that ease and convenience — it's another way for publishers to lose sales.

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