E-book Platforms for Libraries

E-book Platforms for Libraries

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E-book vendors continue to experiment: adjustments to business models, consolidation of content, and mergers with competitors mean constant change. Whata€™s good for innovation can equal confusion when it comes to choosing an e-book platform for your library. Making a sound purchasing decision requires research and close consideration of trade-offs, and Roncevica€™s new issue of Library Technology Reports will get you started. Based on surveys of e-book vendors with an established presence in academic, public, and/or Ka€“12 library markets, this report includes Background and business model descriptions for 51 leading e-book vendors Four tables comparing content, technical specifications, functionality, and business models An at-a-glance overview of platforms, including vendor website URLs Bulleted checklists of factors to consider, and questions to ask vendors An examination of the blurring channels of publisher, aggregator, and distributor platforms, with advice to help you avoid content overlapHere is an outline of the various content factors to consider when choosing e- book platforms: a€c type of e-book platform (e.g. ... The Kindle is widely considered to be the most user-friendly e-book reading device since it uses the patrona#39;s Amazon account as the delivery source for content. ... searching at book and chapter level, annotation and citation tools, persistent URLs, generous copy/ paste and printinganbsp;...

Title:E-book Platforms for Libraries
Author: Mirela Roncevic
Publisher:American Library Association - 2013

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