E-books in Libraries: A Practical Guide

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$95.00
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$ 85.50
Item Number: 
978-1-85604-572-8
Published: 
2011
Publisher: 
Facet Publishing, UK
Pages: 
368
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
  • Description
  • Table of Contents
  • About the Authors
  • Reviews

Despite the fact that e-books 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 ‘e-books' and a bewildering number of business and access models to match. This timely book, the first of its kind to provide a practical appraisal of e-books, is divided into five parts:

* where do e-books come from?
* planning and developing your e-book collection
* delivering e-books to readers: the practicalities
* engaging readers with e-books: hearts and minds
* the future of e-books.

It is essential background reading for librarians wishing to develop an e-book collection from scratch or for those responsible for maintaining an existing e-book collection.

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

Kate Price

Kate Price BA(Hons) MA MCLIP is Head of E-Strategy and Resources at the University of Surrey, UK.Virginia Havergal BA(Hons) MSc MEd FIFL is a Learning Centers and e-Resources Manager for Petroc, a further education college in Devon, UK. Prior to this role she was an e-Learning Advisor with JISC, with a particular focus on Learning Resources.

Virginia Havergal

Virginia Havergal BA(Hons) MSc MEd FIFL is a Learning Centers and e-Resources Manager for Petroc, a further education college in Devon, UK. Prior to this role she was an e-Learning Advisor with JISC, with a particular focus on Learning Resources.

"I would recommend the librarians and the library study departments to acquire this book and use it while it is relevant and they can benefit from it. The quick changes will be happening further and the new books will arrive. But this one is written for now and there." 

--Information Research
"This book is a great reference source for library and information professionals who are responsible for building and maintaining an e-book collection; it is also essential background reading for those who are interested in e-books in general."
--College and Research Libraries
"With their excellent collection of articles from known experts in the field, the editors have really brought into sharp focus what the e-book enterprise is all about." 
--Program