Mirela Roncevic has served as a consultant for a range of publishers and libraries and partnered with companies creating new digital opportunities for publishers, authors, readers, educators, and librarians. She has also contributed articles, reports, book reviews, and short stories to numerous magazines and has served as managing editor of several book series and journals. Editorial Director of No Shelf Required, an award-winning portal on e-books and digital content, she is also the founder of the One Country, One Library initiative, which supports the creation of national libraries that provide free access to books and other content to all people inside a country’s borders for the purpose of bridging digital divides, equalizing access to education, enabling reading, and spreading literacy.
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Many claim that the presence and importance of e-books in the library world have reached a saturation point, but the truth is that experimentation with new models, as well as refinement of existing ones, continues apace. Delving into the latest developments among the varied players in the e-book marketplace, including publishers, libraries, and vendors, the latest volume in the best-selling No Shelf Required series is written from a strong international perspective. Such cutting-edge contributors as Michael Blackwell, Mary Minow, Neil Butcher, and Tonya McQuade discuss a range of groundbreaking initiatives that tap into the potential of digital content to be omnipresent. Positive, uplifting, instructive, and goal-oriented, this volume’s coverage includes
- the DPLA national e-book platform;
- ReadersFirst, a movement to improve e-book access from libraries;
- the AudiobookSYNC project, a free summer audiobook program for teens;
- using e-books to teach poetry and publishing processes;
- the Multnomah County Library Library Writers project;
- the Internet Archive and e-books; and
- e-books and sustainable literacy in Africa.
Public libraries looking into expanding their programming; academic libraries interested in library publishing, digital scholarship, and scholarly communication; and technical services staff will all find creative new ideas inside for promoting literacy and spreading knowledge.
Part I Groundbreaking E-Book Projects and Initiatives
Chapter 1 Douglas County Libraries and the Making of a Good (Early) E-Book Product
James LaRue and Monique Sendze
Chapter 2 The Digital Public Library of America and the Building of a National Platform for Library E-Books
Chapter 3 The Internet Archive’s Open Library Project and Its Global Significance
Chapter 4 Croatia Reads: How a Small Country Became a Big Virtual Library
Part II New Technologies, New Opportunities
Chapter 5 Digital Disruption and the Quest to Achieve Global Literacy
Neil Butcher, Lisbeth Levey, and Kirsty von Gogh
Chapter 6 The Era of Indie Authorship, Self-Published E-Books, and Emerging New Roles for Public Libraries
Chapter 7 The Library Writers Project: Multnomah County Library’s Model for Building a Collection of Local E-Books and Promoting Them to Patrons
Chapter 8 Publishing a Class Poetry E-Book: A Teacher’s Use of Technology to Make Poetry Exciting and Relevant for Students
Chapter 9 Reading by Ear: AudiobookSYNC’s Mission to Support Teen Literacy with Digital Audiobooks
Chapter 10 From Book to Game: Gamification and the Birth of a New Literary Form
Part III The Digital Issues That Matter
Chapter 11 Readers Come First: An Advocacy of a Better Digital Experience
Chapter 12 The Long and Winding Road to DRM-Free E-Books in Academic Libraries
Chapter 13 Watching You Watching Me: Preserving Reader Privacy in the Age of Digital Surveillance
Chapter 14 Digital Publishing Is Dawning in Africa, but Don’t Forget the Printed Book Quite Yet
Scott Walter and Charles Temple
Part IV The Evolving Business of E-Books
Chapter 15 E-Content Is Growing, While Academic Libraries Are Shrinking: How Did We Get Here?
Chapter 16 When Demand Drives the Purchasing of E-Books in Libraries, Do Library Users Get What They Need?
Chapter 17 Selling E-Books in Bulk: What’s the Deal with Big Deals?
Chapter 18 E-Books in Schools: Pros and Cons of the Leading Business Models for K−12 Education
Chapter 19 Balancing Act: A Public Library’s Strategy to Invest in Multiple E-Book Platforms
Tom West with Lisa Loranc
Chapter 20 Blockchain Technology and the Potential of the Used E-Book Market
Appendix: Company Directory
About the Editors and Contributors