Media, Technology and Society

Essay by coolestUniversity, Bachelor'sB+, May 2004

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Owing to the advanced technological improvement, thousands of books are being published through out every year. But how many books about mass communication will the libraries of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CU), Hong Kong University (HKU), and Baptist University (BU) keep? And how many of them will the book publishing companies produce? This time we have conducted a survey about the quantity, quality, and updatedness of books that the universities have and that the book publishing companies make.

We have limited our survey sphere in the following aspects:

1. We choose books about TV broadcasting as our target.

2. The language of books is English.

3. Books we chose are produced by English publishers.

4. We check the books produced from 1995 to 2003 that the libraries of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University, and Baptist University keep.

5. We opt for 5 major book publishing companies.

They are Oxford University Press, SAGE Publication, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Allyn & Bacon/Longman Publishers and New York Routledge.

Quantity of books in the three universities

Though using the on-line library catalogs of the three universities, we counted the number of books on the topic of television broadcasting. After careful calculation, we represented the results in Figure.1 and 2. The simple charts can help people perceive the statistic more easily and clearly. With the above charts, we can compare the quantity of the books about television broadcasting in the library of the three universities.

Figure.1 interprets the numbers of books arranged according to the publishing year from1995 to 2003 kept in the three libraries. Figure 2 shows the total number of books kept in three libraries.


Library of the Chinese University keeps the largest number of books that are published in 1995 and 1996 on...