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E-books in Libraries: A Practical Guide

Edited By: Kate Price and Virginia Havergal

327 pages, Figs, tabs

Facet Publishing (formerly Library Association Publishing)

Paperback | Feb 2011 | #187312 | ISBN-13: 9781856045728
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NHBS Price: £49.95 $61/€56 approx

About this book

This text explores e-books and their use from the perspective of the librarian. Written by two experts, the book opens with an exploration of the definitions of e-books and the genesis of the format. Trends in contemporary publishing of e-books are explored to determine the characteristics of academic, reference and fiction publishing.

The practical issues surrounding provision and use of e-books in all types of libraries are covered in depth, including bibliographic control and collection management. The book concludes with a consideration of the potential developments and challenges in e-book publishing and provision.


The book is divided into five parts: * The production and distribution of e-books * Planning and developing an e-book collection * Delivering e-books to library readers * Engaging readers with e-books * The future of e-books.

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Virginia Havergal works as an eLearning Advisor for the JISC. Kate Price is currently Head of E-Strategy & Resources at the University of Surrey.

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