Understanding E-Books: All You Need to Know Now and for the Future—eCourse

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

$175.00
ALA Member: 
$ 157.50
Item Number:
1541-8954
Date(s): 
From:  March 5, 2018
To:  April 1, 2018
Delivery Method: 
Asynchronous
Credentials: 
Attendance Cert.
Duration: 
4 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
24 Hours
Publisher: 
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
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The popularity of e-books exploded with the emergence of tablets and e-readers like the Kindle and has risen steadily ever since. For librarians, this growth has meant the development of a new area of service and content delivery. For the librarian who is new to e-books and e-readers, this can be intimidating. Where do you start? How can you learn what you need to know to provide the services that your patrons expect?

Mirela Roncevic has been involved with e-books and e-readers since their emergence, and in this eCourse she’ll give you the foundation you need to make e-books work for your library and your career. Requiring no prior knowledge of e-books, this eCourse will sketch in their history while showing you how they function in libraries, exploring issues ranging from file formats to delivery mechanisms and lending policies and what they mean for libraries both now and in the future.

Topics include:

  • Defining e-books and understanding how they work
  • Where e-books are available and how are they delivered and distributed
  • How e-books are used in libraries—in physical branches, digital branches, library websites, and in classrooms
  • The current issues relating to e-books in libraries and what you need to know to be prepared for the future

After completing this eCourse, you will understand:

  • The basics of how e-books function and their place in the current publishing marketplace
  • How e-books are currently being used in libraries, including circulation and lending policies
  • The key issues that librarians are likely to face with e-books in the future

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on March 5, 2018. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to

  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities

Instructor Mirela Roncevic will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 4-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.

User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

Bulk Orders

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.

Week 1: Introduction to E-books

  • Definition, history and context
  • Basic features of e-books
  • Advantages and challenges
  • E-book formats and reading devices
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM)
  • Dominant brands in the e-book market

Week 2: Availability & Publishing of E-books

  • Types of e-books
  • Business of publishing e-books (traditional vs. e-publishing)
  • The phenomenon of digital self-publishing
  • Sources of e-books online (nonprofits vs. for-profits)
  • Online e-book stores
  • Online reading communities and e-books
  • E-textbooks for universities
  • K-12 digital resources

Week 3: E-books in Libraries: The Fast-Changing Landscape

  • E-book platforms in libraries (aggregators, distributors, publishers)
  • E-book lending services
  • University Press consortia platforms
  • E-book issues in academic, public, and school libraries
  • Business models for e-books
  • Criteria for purchasing e-book platforms

Week 4: Trends, Predictions, and Possibilities

  • E-book controversies
  • E-book trends in 2017
  • Groundbreaking initiatives
  • Future predictions
  • Review/Discussion

Mirela Roncevic

Mirela Roncevic is a professional editor, writer, content developer, and consultant to publishers, libraries, and library vendors. She has written, edited, and spearheaded the publication of a wide range of books, book series, articles, journals, portals, and digital resources. In 2016, Mirela founded the Free Reading Zones (FREZ) project, which brings developers, publishers, libraries, and sponsors together to turn public and private spaces into open virtual libraries, where people have access to books and other content in digital format. She also teaches classes on e-books through the American Library Association, hosts webinars and workshops on e-books and digital publishing, moderates panels at library conferences and book fairs, and speaks internationally on e-books and e-content. She currently serves as Director of No Shelf Required, a portal on e-books and digital content and an organization helping libraries implement FREZ. 

If you have any questions about this eCourse, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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