A Study Of E-Books And C-Books Utilization By University Students And Faculties In Kenya.
Neyole Misiko Jacob
Key words: e- books, c- books, utilization
Abstract: The development in technology has brought about an increase in accessing to information, where a lot of scholarly work has been driven by the boom of the internet as an information source. Many people are now able to access any information via the internet at a click of the button from their mobile handsets, laptops or even desk tops within their reach. Many higher institutions of learning in Kenya are now adopting to using electronic books and other digital data as compared to the conventional printed books (c -books) from public universities libraries.This study tried to bring to the fore the usability of e-books among university student in comparison to the use of hard copy books in Kenyan public university libraries. The study employed a simple random sample from two (2) public universities where 400 student and 100 teaching staffs from each university under the study were randomly selected for the study. The study employed the use of self-administered questionnaire and face-to-face interview session as instruments of data collection to collect both the quantitative and qualitative data respectively. The collected data was analyzed and the results were presented in frequency tables, pie charts and graphs among other methods.The study found out that the level of c-book use wihin the university library was decreasing as the students progressed in their studies,the teaching staff on the other hand showed average use the c-books as well as e-books. The research also found out that the level of e-book use wihin the university library was increasing as the students progressed in their studies. On the accessibility and efficiency between c- and e-books utilization70.54 % of the undergraduates stated that using e-books was more efficient while 30.0 % of the undergraduates stated that c-books were more efficient for them. 37.69% of the teaching staff found working with c-books to be more efficient while 13.78% of the teaching staff stated that using e-books was more efficient for them. Among other reason on why the utilization of e- books was on the rise included the improved IT - infrastructure within the university, the availability of free and fast internet facilities, easy access to electronic books and reasoses free to download from sites such as 4shared.com and bookboom.com. The teaching staff reported that the use of e- books made it easier for t hem to teach as well as do research. The post graduates students too had a similaropinion they also stated that since they were carrying out research it was much easier for tyhem to carry e-books and share by use of memory tools such as the flash disks and virtual memory i.e. the cloud accounts. Generally the students and the teaching fraternity were able to access e-books on variety of platforms such as tablets, laptops, palm tops as well as smart mobile devices snd this made it easy fro the to do their study work as well a share the books.
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