Electronic books offer creative possibilities for expanding access as well as changing learning behavior and academic research. Content can always be accessible, regardless of time or place, to be read on PCs or on portable book readers. Books need never go out of print, and new editions can be easily created. One can carry several titles at once on a portable reader and, over time, build a personal library.
Professional Publishing in the Digital Age: E-Books in Libraries examines how libraries are turning to e-books to strike a balance between patrons’ demands for openness and convenience and publishers’ needs for financial self-sustainability.
Features such as full text searching, changeable font size, mark-up, citation creation, and note taking are enhancing usability. Print text can be integrated with multi-dimensional objects, sound, and film to create a whole new kind of monographic work.
The report examines questions such as:
What happens to e-book usage when barriers to inconvenience are removed?
When patrons can have easy access to scholarly e-books, what does their usage look like and what does this predict for the future of these types of resources?
Are these innovative models more or less fiscally sound than their traditional counterparts?
What will make e-books a viable part of academic library collections?
What features, rights, business models, hardware and software standards are needed to meet the goals of large academic library systems to support open scholarly exchange?
In addition, the report will include sections on the following:
Academic institutions' experiences with e-books and their thoughts about the future of e-books.
Discussion of the pros and cons of e-books from a librarian’s perspective
Comparative analysis of library e-book use by budget size
Comparison of e-book sales vs. print sales—sales cannibalization or reinforcement?
Estimate of professional e-book sales to libraries worldwide
Projected growth of e-book sales to libraries through 2015
Popularity of e-books by subjects: Social Sciences and Humanities, Scientific and Technical, Medical, Law and Business
Means of securing access and protecting copyright
Profiles of e-book platforms such as Questia, netLibrary and Ebrary
Simba’s Professional Publishing market figures are global in scope. It’s a global market. If you’re competing in one or all of these segments, the competition does not conform to lines on a map. This report, and the others in the series, is produced to help executives make decisions in this environment.
Simba has a knowledge base from almost 20 years worth of perspective on these markets. A static industry, it’s one that’s affected by rapid changes in technology, the economy, mergers, partnerships, public policy and library budgets, and requires daily attention to understand the trends and project the market’s direction. As the bedrock of its research collection, you can count on this attention to be paid by Simba Information’s team of analysts who set the industry standard on market intelligence for the professional publishing industry.
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