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SLAV Workshop October 14 th 2013 – Etihad Stadium The Future of Whole School Learning Content, Provision and Acquisition of eBooks
eBooks An electronic book (also e-book, E-book, EBook, eBook, digital book) is a text and image-based publication in digital form produced on, published by, and readable on computers or other digital devices.
eBooks The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the e-book as “an electronic version of a printed book,” but e-books can and do exist without any printed equivalent.
Computer based eBooks – Text only – HTML – PDF – MS PowerPoint – ePub – Proprietary formats – Other open source formats
Digital Devices – Mobile and Smart Phones Mobile and Smart Phones – Tablets ( Android, Windows, iOS ) – Dedicated eBook readers – eBook devices (Sony, Kindle, Nook) – Computing platforms
eBooks Acquisition – Commercial publishers – eBook websites and services Amazon, iTunes, Book Depository – PDF websites – Free online eBook sources – Open Source content – Children’s books and literature – Talking Books – Book resources for print handicapped and blind users
Apps Standalone Apps are created as eBooks containing text, drawings and paintings, animated effects, illustrations, photographs and other media embedded in the electronic publication.
The considerations for libraries in acquiring and providing eBooks are varied and diverse.
Issues relating to content cost storage distribution allocation and licensing of eBook-based resources require scrutiny, planning and research.
Infrastructure Speed and quality of Internet access Reliability of the Internet service provider (ISP)
IT Resources Servers (both physical and proxy) Switches and hubs Computer access Tablet and digital device access
Physical Access Cabling (optical, Cat 5/6 wiring) Access to power Decentralised distribution of resources
Wireless Provision Speed Number and placement of wireless points and amplifiers Signal strength and range Maintaining prevailing standards
Technical Support In-house or out-sourced technicians Ensuring best practise
Determination Online requests Forums Popular booklists Initiatives by library staff Book clubs Membership
Cost Budgeting Replacement (damage, left, loss, corruption of media) Additional licences
Distribution Via automated systems Circulation software or dedicated systems (e.g. iBooks)
Copyright eBooks purchased as resources with appropriate copies and licences Circulation and borrowing
Libraries and eBooks Libraries help authors through Exposure. Libraries help authors get noticed: libraries host author events, feature books at book clubs and spotlight and promote titles on websites.
Libraries and eBooks Libraries help authors through Respect. Libraries honour authors’ work. Libraries protect copyright, and pay for what they use. Libraries want authors to keep writing, and make a living at it.
Libraries and eBooks Libraries help authors through Love of reading. Libraries help grow readers – and writers.
Libraries and eBooks Libraries help authors through Exposure. Libraries help people find authors. Readers discover new authors, topics, and genres in libraries.
The Future New standards will emerge, so obsolescence and ongoing viability of devices, Apps and eReader technologies require vigilance and research in order to realise long-term gains.
New devices will emerge with increased speed, features, functionality and communications.
New genres will be develop with greater capacities, capabilities and rich media integration.
‘E-books have changed the world of publishing in fundamental ways. The business model that encouraged publishers to support the work of public libraries has changed to such an extent that this relationship has been stressed to the point of non cooperation.’ (Source)Source
eBooks vs. Books Publishing houses are closing Cost imperatives have transformed publishing Paper, ink, binding costs Delivery (weight, bulk, transport costs) Storage, shelf space, shelf life Electronic management systems Inflexible (font style, size, colour, page size and orientation)
eBooks vs. Books Travel Storage Price Speed Font adjustments Price Night reading
Articles Turning the Page - The Future of eBooks The Future of Publishing – The Future of eBooks A New Chapter for eBooksA New Chapter for eBooks (BBC Future) The Future of Librarians in an eBook World Universal Access to eBooks eBooks – Teaching and Learning
Free eBook Sites Project Gutenberg eBooks@Adelaide JacketFlap Free Book Spot Bookyards Many Books PDFs Free
Publishing eBooks eBook publishing software (Stanza, Blio)StanzaBlio eBook Apps Creative Book BuilderCreative Book Builder, Book Creator, Book WriterBook CreatorBook Writer Cast UDL Book Builder Tar Heel Reader PS PowerPoint
Tools AudacityAudacity (Win and Mac OS) Format FactoryFormat Factory (Win) PixResizerPixResizer (Win) IrfanviewIrfanview (win) WonderShare Video ConverterWonderShare Video Converter (Mac OS) JalbumJalbum (Win and Mac) Media Conversion Programs
Tools PowerTalk Orato Balabolka SpeakComputer Text to Speech Programs
Do at least ONE new thing with an eBook… Soon. Gerry Kennedy IT Consultancies 2013 P: 03 9894 4826 M: 0411 569 840 E: email@example.com Twitter: @firstname.lastname@example.org
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