Despite the fact that eBooks have been in existence for decades in various guises and added to library collections for several years now, there has been a noticeable lack of published manuals on the subject. This is doubtless owing to the rapidly evolving nature of the market. There is now a plethora of different types of digital object that may be termed 'eBooks' and a bewildering number of business and access models to match.
Moreover the pace of change shows no sign of abating, but there is an increasing amount of popular interest in eBooks, and what is needed is practical information to assist library and information professionals managing collections of eBooks and doing their best to inform their users right now.
This timely book, the first of its kind to provide a practical appraisal of eBooks, aims to fill that need by addressing the key questions: Where do eBooks come from and what are the key business models that support them? What needs to change before eBooks become universally and easily used? What will the eBook landscape look like in ten years' time? How can you be sure you are building a good collection that your users can access easily? What about money and budgets?
The book is divided into five parts:
The production and distribution of eBooks
Planning and developing an eBook collection
Delivering eBooks to library readers
Engaging readers with eBooks
The future of eBooks.
Readership: This book is a ready reference source for any library and information professional with an interest in eBooks and their development. It is essential background reading for library managers wishing to develop an eBook collection from scratch or for those responsible for maintaining an existing eBook collection. It will also have plenty to interest publishers, who need to be aware of the issues faced by libraries managing eBook collections, and will be of great value to students of librarianship and information studies, and those on publishing related courses.
Introduction - Chris Armstrong and Ray Lonsdale PART 1: THE PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF E-BOOKS 1. Publishing e-books: challenges and perspectives - Joel Claypool 2. An introduction to e-book business models and suppliers - Anna Grigson 3. Producing eBooks on Demand: a European library network - Silvia Gstrein and Günter Mühlberger 4. E-books for free: finding, creating and managing freely available texts - Kate Price PART 2: PLANNING AND DEVELOPING AN E-BOOK COLLECTION 5. E-books for public libraries - Martin Palmer 6. E-books for further education - Karen Foster and Emma Ransley 7. E-books for higher education - Jim Dooley PART 3: DELIVERING E-BOOKS TO LIBRARY USERS 8. Making e-book collections visible to readers - Anna Grigson 9. Providing guidance, training and support for readers using e-books - Karen Gravett 10. Information technology and e-books: challenges and opportunities - James Clay PART 4: ENGAGING READERS WITH E-BOOKS 11. Public library users connecting with e-books - Martin Palmer 12. Engaging students with e-books in further education - Sue Caporn, Lee Bryant, Karen Foster and Emma Ransley 13. Engaging staff and students with e-books in a university setting - Anne Worden and Timothy Collinson PART 5: THE FUTURE OF E-BOOKS Contributors’ views PART 6: USEFUL INFORMATION Glossary Top tips from the contributors Checklist for e-book acquisition Selected e-book suppliers Accessible e-book services in public libraries - Denise Dwyer Supplementary reading