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.
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- About the Authors
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.
"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."