School of Computer and Security Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
From a fledgling technology with no proven business models, Electronic books (E-books) have grown in importance. Nowhere is this more apparent than in academic libraries, where E-books in many libraries now account for more than half of the library acquisitions budget (Huthwaite et al., 2011). In situations where funding is scarce and E-book adoption requires substantial budgetary provision, libraries must establish the level and extent of E-book use and ascertain factors that point to the worth of E-books as library resources (Crosetto, 2011, p. 125). Consequently, user needs assessment and the analysis of E-book usage patterns have become key factors in managing library collections effectively (Al, Soydal, & Tonta, 2010).