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.