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Accessibility, Usage, and Behavioral Intention of Print Books and eBooks by Medical Students for publication in your prestigious journal.


The aim of the study was to examine the difference of ease of use, accessibility, and future prediction of print format books (p-books) and eBooks among MBBS students. The quantitative research method and survey design was used for this study. The population of the study was the all undergraduate medical students (MBBS) of Shalamar Medical & Dental College (SMDC) Lahore, Pakistan. For data collection the self-administered instrument was used and questionnaire was validated from field expert and Institutional Review Board of SMDC. For check the reliability pilot testing was conducted and Cronbach’s Alpha value was 0.87. In SMDC the MBBS students were 600 from 1st year to final year and the data was collected from all enrolled MBBS students of SMDC. The data was analyzed for using of SPSS 23rd version.

It was found that the majority of MBBS students used eBooks and p-books for study purposes. The Prof. M. Akhtar Khan library has a rich collection of both format books. The researchers, students can access and utilized the eBooks and p-books round the clock 24/7. It has been examined that students got easy access to eBooks and usage of eBooks. The majority of students were satisfied with eBooks because they save their time, easy access, and availably on their desktop and android phones. The factor ease of use was significantly high in favor of the p-books. The student’s future preference about both formats, the senior classes preferred p-books and junior classes in favor of eBooks. The majority of MBSS students were satisfied with both formats but they preferred hybrid libraries due to the availability, usage, accessibility of both formats of books. The results show that the behavioral intention of the majority of MBBS students is motivated to use p-books in the future.