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E-books have been around for more than 10 years but are still a relatively new phenomenon to may 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, Polanka brings together a variety of professionals to share their experience about e-books with librarians and publishers. Providing forward-thinking ideas while remaining grounded in practical information ...
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Overview

E-books have been around for more than 10 years but are still a relatively new phenomenon to may 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, Polanka brings together a variety of professionals to share their experience 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 topic explored include
*An introduction to e-books, their different types, and an overview of their history and development
*E-book technology: general features of interfaces and e-book readers, best practices for acquisition, data standards, and how to track usage
*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 crucial collection is a must-read for librarians who wish to understand how e-books fit in today's library.
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VOYA - Geri Diorio
These nine essays were written by various information professionals: librarians, professors, publishers, IT specialists, and vendors. Each essay can stand alone, so readers can seek out information on topics that are of specific interest to them, or the book can be read as a whole to gain a good overview of e-books and their place in public, school, and academic libraries. Contributors provide a history of the medium, explore how e-books can be used as tools for young learners, discuss how e-books are used in various libraries, and cover the process of buying e-books (including collection development and cataloging issues). There are essays about e-book standards as they apply to licensing, format, and MARC records and about how e-books pertain to the future of academic publishing. There is even a rather technical chapter about usage data that e-book vendors can supply to help librarians make purchasing decisions. For all their technicality, the essays are very succinct and include tables, charts, case studies, and sidebars with definitions and links, all in an effort to further clarify things. Each chapter includes its own list of references, and the book has a good index. This is an incredibly timely topic for a print book to cover, and the editor admits as much. Still, for those who need an introduction, or a solid base from which to launch their requests for e-books to their administrators or library boards, this book is a good starting place. Reviewer: Geri Diorio
Library Journal
After a slow start a decade ago, ebooks are finally taking off in a big way. Polanka (head of reference & instruction, Wright State Univ. Libs.), who moderates the No Shelf Required blog, here assembles contributions that will quickly help library staff understand the whys and hows of ebooks and how the format can effectively be added to collections. Each piece in the book covers a different topic and is written by a library professional with expertise in that area, from an overview and history of ebooks and their development to contributions on ebooks in school, public, and academic libraries. Discussions on technological features, interfaces, ebook readers, and data standards are detailed and easy to grasp. Acquisition methods, marketing strategies for different users, budgetary planning, and preservation issues are also covered. VERDICT If you have limited or no knowledge of ebooks, read this volume. Its thorough presentation is required reading for all librarians who have or are adding ebooks to their collections. Highly recommended. [Available in multiple ebook formats.—Ed.]—Marie Bruni, Huntington Memorial Lib., Oneonta, NY
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  • ISBN-13: 9780838910542
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

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    No Shelf Required by Sue Polanka: a Must-Read for Librarians and Professionals Involved with ... Electronic Books

    Existing for more than 10 years, electronic books are going mainstream. A relatively new phenomenon for many librarians and publishers, they raise many issues and challenges. In this compilation, Polanka (Head of Reference and Instruction, Wright State University Libraries, Dayton, Ohio; M. L. S., Kent State University School of Library and Information Science; "Off The Shelf" Column Writer, Booklist's Reference Books Bulletin; Moderator, No Shelf Required blog), a reference and instruction librarian with extensive experience in public, state, and academic libraries, as well as a variety of professionals share their expertise about e-books. In nine chapters, contributors examine electronic books in relation to the Internet, student learning, school libraries, public libraries, academic libraries, and the publishing industries. They discuss topics, not limited to the history of e-books, their types, technologies, devices and software applications, pricing models, data standards, usage statistics, preservation, and future. A must-read for librarians and professionals involved with the collection development, acquisition, cataloging, and/or preservation of electronic books, this nicely- presented and well- documented publication, with easy-to-read, insightful essays by experts, provides a significant, solid foundation for further practice and research. It is strongly recommended for many school, public, and academic library collections as a primary professional resource that can be read in its entirety or by chapter, as needed--C. A. Lajos, The Librarian's Review of Books

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