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The e-book war in Denmark

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

The aim is to investigate how digitisation and in particular e-books have changed relations between private players and public institutions within the Danish book world through a case study of eReolen, a private-public partnership functioning as common platform for public libraries’ lending of e-books in Denmark. Traditional and new models of the book world are discussed as the basis of understanding relations between the players. A new way of analysing the field outlined by literary sociologist, Professor Johan Svedjedal, is adopted. The main conclusions are that the lending of e-books has disrupted the traditional understanding and interaction between the public library system and the commercial book market. In addition, the Danish library system through the partnership has taken on a new function in relation to the commercial market, namely acting as the engine in building a market for Danish e-books.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberDOI: 10.1177/0961000616685641
JournalJournal of Librarianship and Information Science
Number of pages11
ISSN0961-0006
StateE-pub ahead of print - 1 Feb 2017

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - e-book, copyright, models of book world, public libraries, publishing, public-private partnerships

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