Quick facts about e-books that are worth sharing with stakeholders (usually universal and not UFS specific):
e-books are more widely available in some fields than in others (not every print book has an electronic version).
Many academic titles are released first in print, then only later as e-books (Publisher/Author’s decision). A publication lag of three to eighteen months is common(Publisher/Author’s decision). These digital embargoes are usually an attempt to protect print sales, which generate the most revenue for publishers (profit making strategy).
“The longer the hardcover edition is the sole source of content, the more money the publisher makes. . . . The timing of each release [hardcover, softcover, and e-book] is based on a schedule that publishers hope will maximize profit.”
Other license terms limit the ways individual patrons can use e-books. Nearly all licenses restrict the extent to which patrons may view, print, and download files. patrons may print up to 10 percent of an e-book, and may copy and paste no more than 5 percent.
Note: “The limitations [patrons] encounter when using e-books are … are purposefully imposed & tied to digital rights management…they are essentially economic and legal rather than technological.