Tag Archives: ebooks

Apple’s new breakthroughs in textbook presentation and authoring – iBooks or no Books?

Two new developments have been in the news over the last week, which may or may not be a major breakthrough in the world of textbooks for the school or university student. First, Apple have developed an authoring tool – … Continue reading

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Ebooks on fire – the risks for the future

As librarians we are all very aware of the risk of books being on fire and this article shows us how ebooks are still very susceptible to destruction.  The main destroyer highlighted is the fact that most e-book content is leased rather than owned (though sellers … Continue reading

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Portable devices- libraries trying to meet the demands of the iPhone generation

A couple of years ago we under took a systematic study of portable devices e.g. ebook readers, iPods, netbooks etc to see if our students could use them to get access to our resources, what the barriers were, if we wanted … Continue reading

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Study of ebook vs print books for students

Daytona State College has just completed a two-year comparative study using ebooks vs print books in the classroom.  Interestingly, the College had originally hoped to use Kindle ebook readers as part of the study but could not due to  the books that the … Continue reading

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E-book accessibilty for blind users

One would hope that new technologies such as ebook readers, touch tablet computers and more publishers making their books available online would increase access to the printed word for blind and visually impaired readers. Unfortunately it seems that there are still many barriers … Continue reading

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Review of : E-books in Academic Libraries, by Ksenija Minčić-Obradović.

 This excellent survey starts with the emergence of ebooks with computing developments and Project Gutenberg, and looks at the basic question “What is an Ebook?” (a question that recurs in different ways throughout). It covers all the essential areas that … Continue reading

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RIP Michael Stern Hart, technology enthusiast and Project Gutenberg Founder

2011 saw the deaths of many technology greats including Michael Stern Hart who started Project Gutenberg in 1971 and is seen as the founder of ebooks themselves.  His first success was to enter the text of the US Declaration of Independence … Continue reading

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