The purpose of this study is to understand public libraries offer e-books service conditions, promotion of digital reading culture situations, domestic electronic authorization to procure e-books methods, and related legislations for e-books in Taiwan. The research achievements can provide references for regulations of the e-books procurement policies of public libraries in Taiwan.
Through documentary analysis and interview method, using purposive sampling to select subjects are 6 public libraries of national and municipalities, the interviewees are librarian or director who responsible for e-books procurement operations.
Collecting and analysis the document, using semi-structured interview, design the interviews outline of the 3 dimensions that about the e-books services and related issues, the situation with the purchase of e-books license, e-books involving existing related legislations and legislations to improve direction in the future, total are 12 questions. The findings of this study are summarized as follows:
1. Not only e-books resources distributed unevenly in public library but also digital
reading culture is not popular in Taiwan.
2. Public libraries are use the multi-pipeline to promote and collect e-books services.
3. Related legislations and policies are lack government promote and out of date in
4. All kinds of the e-books platforms and licensing models cause inconvenience of
problem by users and public librarians.
Finally, according to interviews and research findings, several suggestions are provided to public libraries, e-books producers and government agencies.
For public libraries are about the lack of budget and procure for e-books. In relation to e-books producers opinions of price model, licensing terms, and pricing of e-books, technologies, standards, systems, services and uses like related to the platforms of e-books, check on the source, quality and rich of e-books works, and the interactive collaboration between public libraries. As regards government agencies, increase in professional and capability of primary-level public libraries librarians, selection personnel to revise related legislations of libraries, and to aid in system and revise legislations of libraries and so on.