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Undergraduates Needed for Paid E-Book Study

Participants will receive $75 Amazon e-gift card

The University of California Libraries are recruiting undergraduate participants for a paid focus group study on the future of e-books and digital lending within higher education.

If you are an undergraduate student in a higher education institution in the United States, and if you use e-books or e-book corpora for coursework or research purposes, we invite you to share your unique perspectives on your experiences with e-books as well as opportunities for improvement. 

You may have accessed e-books for research, instruction, or coursework from any of the following channels: (1) through memberships with public or university libraries on platforms such as OverDrive, Libby, Hoopla, HathiTrust, or JSTOR, (2) through purchasing e-books via Amazon, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Google Play Books, Kobo, etc., (3) through a subscription service, such as Audible, Scribd, BookLender, or Bookmate, (4) through websites that provide access to e-books for free, such as Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg, Project Muse, ManyBooks, or others (whether authorized or not). 

To be included in the study, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • are enrolled in a U.S.-based higher education institution as an undergraduate student (not as a library employee)
  • have been using e-books (including digital journal articles) via one or more channels mentioned above for taking courses and/or conducting research regularly 
  • are able to speak English
  • are age 18 or older

Focus groups will take place online (via Zoom) and last approximately 1.5 hours. You will receive a $75 Amazon e-gift card for participating. If you are interested in participating, please complete the following Qualtrics questionnaire.

If you have any questions, please contact the lead researcher Lin Li at

Please feel free to share this announcement with undergraduate students who may be interested in participating.




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