No Shelf Required: E-Books in Libraries

No Shelf Required: E-Books in Libraries


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E-books have been around for more than 10 years but are still a relatively new phenomenon to many librarians and publishers. With the introduction of e-book readers, the e-book has become mainstream, with recent triple-digit annual increases in sales. But what place do they have in the library? In this volume, Sue Polanka brings together a variety of professionals to share their expertise about e-books with librarians and publishers. Providing forward-thinking ideas while remaining grounded in practical information that can be implemented in all kinds of libraries, the topics explored include: (1) An introduction to e-books, the different types, and an overview of their history and development; (2) E-book technology: general features of interfaces and e-book readers, best practices for acquisition, data standards, and how to track usage; and (3) Why e-books are good for learning, and how librarians can market them to a wide range of users, as illustrated by case studies and examples. This collection is a must-read for librarians who wish to understand how e-books fit into today's library. Chapters include: (1) E-books on the Internet (James Galbraith); (2) Student Learning and E-books (Jackie Collier and Susan Berg); (3) E-books in the School Library (Shonda Brisco); (4) E-books in the Public Library (Amy Pawlowski); (5) The Academic Library E-book (Lindsey Schell); (6) Acquiring E-books (Carolyn Morris and Lisa Sibert); (7) The Use and Preservation of E-books (Alice Crosetto); (8) E-book Standards (Emilie Delquie and Sue Polanka); and (9) The Future of Academic Book Publishing: E-books and Beyond (Rolf Janke).

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School libraries, Public libraries, Academic libraries, Library services, Librarians, Electronic libraries, Electronic publishing


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No Shelf Required: E-Books in Libraries

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