Posts Tagged ‘E-Books’

Ford Library Honors Juneteenth

Friday, June 18th, 2021

In this blog post, Ford Library honors the Juneteenth holiday by sharing some selected e-book acquisitions and articles from our online collections and subscribed resources that focus on related timely and important topics.

Ford Library remains committed to pursuing a strong collection of resources that concentrate on the interrelationship of business with diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The titles below are only a sample of our newly added holdings, and we encourage our Fuqua faculty, staff, and students to send suggestions for additional new acquisitions to, attention: Julie Harris.



All of the linked articles below require a account which you can create hereFord Library and Goodson Law Library have co-funded your access to personal accounts on

Suggested By Faculty

New Scholarly Journal – Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: an international journal
Many thanks to Fuqua Prof. Angelica Leigh for her recommendation!

Thank you for reading! — please send suggestions for additional new acquisitions to, attention: Julie Harris.

Director’s Blog – June 2021

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

This month’s Director’s blog post celebrates an all-too-brief “summer” break for the Fuqua community with a collection of interesting miscellaneous articles. Enjoy some down time!

From the Wall Street Journal

All of the linked articles below require a account which you can create hereFord Library and Goodson Law Library have co-funded your access to personal accounts on! “Extra” – The article below requires a account which is available to Fuqua users courtesy of the Fuqua Career Management Center and a generous donation by Mr. R. Scott Collins (Duke Class of 1993), President, Fiduciary Wealth Advisors.

Popular Online Audio and E-Books

The titles below from Overdrive all have lengthy wait periods. If you don’t want to wait that long, let us know and we’ll see if we can purchase additional online “copies”.

  • Empire of Painaudiobook | ebook
    – A grand, devastating portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was destroyed by OxyContin.
  • Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Mostaudiobook | ebook
    – Stuck in an endless loop of “Zoom, eat, sleep, repeat,” we’re often working twice as hard to achieve half as much. Getting ahead doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it.
  • The Premonition: a pandemic storyebook
    – Michael Lewis’s taut and brilliant nonfiction thriller pits a band of medical visionaries against the wall of ignorance that was the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Academic Productivity and E-Books

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

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Libraries’ spending for e-books is increasing dramatically; and Duke Libraries have developed a detailed and thoughtful strategy to help drive the development of optimal e-book functionality for researchers.

I reviewed An economist gets lunch last week in its Barnes & Noble e-book format to see how close this particular e-book tech and tool suite came to matching my own expectations for e-book functionality and academic productivity. I defined “academic productivity” as interacting in a time-effective way with the e-text to produce a semi-scholarly end product — the book review.

The “Bad” (No cloud storage or syncing) – Before starting the process, I had hoped that the highlighting and annotations features of the Nook for PC software would allow my interactions to be saved in the cloud and synced to my Nook Simple Touch e-reader. Alas, this is not the case. Highlights and annotations made on one Nook software platform or device, stay on that device and are not saved to the cloud and synced across a user’s Nook devices. This has been a known problem with Nook for at least a year, and may negatively impact its usefulness for academic work. I was limited to working productively on the Nook for PC software on my work computer.

No copy & paste available – It’s understandable that publishers and authors wouldn’t want large amounts of text to be easily copyable; but the inability to copy & paste small amounts of text for quotes in more scholarly papers means users will be re-keying text. A publisher of CD-ROM-based theological e-texts, Libronix, permits copy and paste, and automatically embeds a properly formatted citation following the copied and pasted text. E-books would certainly be more useful if this feature were more widespread.

The “Good (interface & highlighting tool) – The Nook for PC software has a clean interface and the collapsible side menus for the table of contents and tools make it easy to use. Text in an e-book can be selected for highlighting or annotation with a right mouse button click. Both highlights & annotations are saved to their own lists in collapsible side columns. A highlight will display about the first 15 characters of the highlighted text; and an annotation will display the same number of characters for a reader’s note. Both of these tools are handy when you need to navigate the text to re-locate key passages. But the highlight and annotation fill colors are exactly the same, and cannot be customized. This makes it difficult to distinguish between the two types of user interaction when viewing a page without the side columns expanded.

Suggested improvements – The lack of syncing needs to be corrected soon. While my personal preference for working with and producing digital text is still a standalone physical keyboard & mouse, more users than ever are interacting with e-books on tablets, phones, and e-readers. The inability to view and edit my interactions with e-text across devices was an annoyance, and tied me to a single device and location. Other users may find this defect to be a deal-breaker when choosing an e-reader product family for purchase.

Despite the above criticisms, I still found the experience of reading, and marking for later review, passages in the e-book to be a more time-effective way for me to interact with text than working with the print book when I needed to produce a deliverable. It will be interesting to see how well e-book publishers and their software developers react to the needs of the academic market, as opposed to the consumer reading market. Librarians have a key role to play in communicating and making sure publishers understand the unique needs of our users and market.

© Reviewer: Carlton Brown & Ford Library – Fuqua School of Business.
All rights reserved.

New Business E-Book Collection

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

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Ford Library announces its new Business E-Book Collection! We’ve added over 150 new business e-book titles to Duke University Libraries eContent holdings.

NetLibrary’s online reader allows you to read, search, and annotate these new titles, as well as providing you with access to over 24,000 e-books and over 1800 eAudiobooks.

For first time NetLibrary users, we’ve created a Getting Started page with advice on the best ways to access these new e-books. If you’re already familiar with how the NetLibrary site works, you can browse a list of the new titles and connect right away!

You can also find these e-books in our online catalog in advanced search mode by using the following keyword phrases:

  • ford e-book collection
  • ford electronic books
  • netlibrary ford e-book

Here’s a sample search.

We hope you enjoy the new collection, and please feel free to send any comments or questions to:

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