|aE-books in libraries :|ba practical guide / |cedited by Kate Price and Virginia Havergal.
|aEbooks in libraries
|aLondon :|bFacet Publishing,|cc2011.
|axl, 327 p. :|bill. ;|c24 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|rChris Armstrong and Ray Lonsdale -- |rJoel Claypool ; |rAnna Grigson ; |rSilivia Gstrein and Günter Mühlberger ; |rKate Price -- |rMartin Palmer ; |rKaren Foster and Emma Ransley ; |rJim Dooley -- |rAnna Grigson ; |rKaren Gravett ; |rJames Clay --|rMartin Palmer ; |rSue Caporn ... [et al.] ; |rAnne Worden and Timothy Collinson -- |rDenise Dwyer.|tIntroduction / |tThe production and distribution of e-books: |tPublishing e-books : challenges and perspectives / |tAn introduction to e-book business models and suppliers / |tProducing eBooks on demand : a European library network / |tE-books for free : finding, creating and managing freely available texts / |tPlanning and developing an e-book collection: |tE-books for public libraries / |tE-books for further education / |tE-books for higher education / |tDelivering e-books to library users: |tMaking e-book collections visible to readers / |tProviding guidance, training and support for readers using e-books / |tInformation technology and e-books : challenges and opportunities / |tEngaging readers with e-books: |tPublic library users connecting with e-books / |tEngaging students with e-books in further education / |tEngaging staff and students with e-books in a university setting / |tThe future of e-books: |tContributors' views --|tUseful information: |tGlossary ; |tTop tips from contributors ; |tChecklist for e-book acquisition ; |tSelected e-book suppliers ; |tAccessible e-book services in public libraries /
|a"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. Moreover the pace of change shows no sign of abating, but there is an increasing amount of popular interest in e-books, and what is needed is practical information to assist library and information professionals managing collections of e-books and doing their best to inform their users right now. This timely book, the first of its kind to provide a practical appraisal of e-books, aims to fill that need by addressing the key questions: Where do e-books come from and what are the key business models that support them? What needs to change before e-books become universally and easily used? What will the e-book landscape look like in ten years' time? How can you be sure you are building a good collection that your users can access easily? And what about money and budgets?"--Provided by publisher.
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.