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by Sue Polanka (Editor)
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No Shelf Required by Sue Polanka

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 An introduction to e-books, the 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 collection is a must-read for librarians who wish to understand how e-books fit into today's library.

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ISBN-13: 9780838910542
Publisher: ALA Editions
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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C_A_Lajos More than 1 year ago
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