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Title:The impact of computers on book and journal publication
Author(s):Folk, Hugh
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
Libraries --Economics
Library science --Data processing
Book publishing
Journal publishing
Abstract:Rising wages have made the cost of composition and printing editions of a few thousand copies exorbitant. Rising book and journal prices have contributed to the rising operating expenses of libraries. At the same time, the volume of scientific and technical literature is increasing rapidly and the publication and library system is increasingly incapable of satisfying user needs. Electronic publication of scientific and technical literature is technically feasible. One machine-readable copy of a document may be stored in a computer and accessed at any remote location by a user with a computer terminal. Current costs of preparing a machine-readable text, storing it on a computer, communicating with the remote computer, and computer time for the user to read or print the document are low enough that, for many applications in scientific publishing, a computer-based system may be less expensive than the existing paper-and-ink system. Rapidly decreasing computer and communications costs indicate that electronic publication will be increasingly cost-effective compared to alternative systems.
Issue Date:1976
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In The economics of library automation : papers presented at the 1976 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 25-28, 1976, ed. J.L. Divilbiss. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 72-82.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (13th : 1976)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1977.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-06-30

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