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No shelf required : e-books in libraries
Polanka, Sue.
Publication Information:
Chicago : American Library Association, [2011]

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xiii, 182 pages ; 23 cm
E-books on the Internet / James Galbraith -- Student learning and e-books / Jackie Collier and Susan Berg -- E-books in the school library / Shonda Brisco -- E-books in the public library / Amy Pawlowski ; case study by Blaise Dierks -- The academic library e-book / Lindsey Schell ; case study by Anne Behler -- Acquiring e-books / Carolyn Morris and Lisa Sibert -- The use and preservation of e-books / Alice Crosetto -- E-book standards / Emilie Delquié and Sue Polanka -- The future of academic book publishing : e-books and beyond / Rolf Janke.
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Z716.6 .N62 2011 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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 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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Booklist Review

E-books are a new hot topic for publishers and libraries, and now there is a book to help librarians sort out some of the issues surrounding this technology. Editor Polanka, who covers e-books in her blog, No Shelf Required, has assembled a group of contributors to offer a comprehensive introduction. Following a chapter on e-book history are chapters discussing e-books and students' learning; e-books in school, public, and academic libraries; and e-book acquisitions and management. One frustrating problem is that there are no or rather, there are too many standards in the ways e-books are currently delivered, introduced, and hosted, and one chapter explores the various standards that now exist and what changes need to be made. A final chapter deals with The Future of Academic Book Publishing. An essential guide to a topic of high importance.--Quinn, Mary Ellen Copyright 2010 Booklist

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.