Answered By: Joe Bourneuf
Last Updated: Apr 15, 2016     Views: 88

Yes, and no. The e-book model is often ideal for textbooks, etc., but much less so for acquiring a collection of literary works with a view to future as well as present, and scholarly as well as recreational, purposes. There are exceptions, but most digital fiction in the Harvard libraries is both canonical, and no longer under copyright, supplementing the print collection. A typical example:

Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
The life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. With illustrations [electronic resource].
Cambridge : Chadwyck-Healey Ltd (A Bell & Howell Information and Learning company), 2000.
http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.ebookbatch.LION_batch:Z000035408 
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Note: There is nothing in the catalog record which identifies this, or most novels, as fiction.

Public libraries generally have a different mission and regularly offer fiction and many other genres in digital format. See:

https://www.cambridgema.gov/cpl/eLibrary.aspx

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