E-Books: Reader, Librarian, and Publisher Perspectives

E-Books: Reader, Librarian, and Publisher Perspectives

Samta Tapkir (Vikram University, India) and S. Kumar (Vikram University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2500-6.ch029
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The e-book is a digital medium for communication of information. The chapter recognizes various types of e-books available and discusses various issues such as the technology required, standardization, licensing, and pricing, etc. It also discusses the need of legal deposit of e-books and the problems facing this issue and the Legal Deposit Database (LDD) to solve it. Advantages and disadvantages of e-books and the barriers affecting the use are also discussed. An analysis of the survey is presented, which shows the views of readers, librarians, and publishers about e-books. The analysis reveals that libraries should purchase e-books because of online availability, 24x7 easy access, and simultaneous use, etc. The chapter concludes with the problems of e-books in India such as multiple languages used in the country. It visualizes the glorious future with the adoption of technology by users and minimizing DRM restrictions and the use of the open access model.
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E-book can be defined as a text in digital form, a book converted into digital form, digital reading material, a book in a computer file format, an electronic file of words and images to be displayed on computer screen, or read on a computer over a network, or viewed on a desktop/note-books/dedicated portable device, or read on all types of computers, or formatted for display on e-book readers (Jenkins, 2008). Electronic book is an electronic text regardless of size or composition, made available electronically or optically, for any device, hand-held or desk-bound that includes a screen. E-books are printed in light instead of ink (Subba Rao, 2004).

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