Western Libraries

March is READ AN E-BOOK MONTH

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Read an e-book in march

During the 41st sitting of Parliament a motion was passed which proclaimed the month of March as Read an E-book Month.

Early e-books were generally written in specialty areas, intended to be documents that only small groups might share. Numerous e-book formats emerged and proliferated, some supported by major software companies and others supported by independent and open-source programmers. Multiple readers naturally followed multiple formats, most of them specializing in only one format, and thereby fragmenting the e-book market even more.  Many e-book publishers began distributing books that were in the public domain, or that were simply old and hard-to-find. At the same time, authors with books that were not accepted by their publisher began to strike out on their own, offering the books online so they could be seen by others. One of the first genres to become successful in the e-book field was that of the romance story. Libraries began to pay attention to e-books in 1998 when NetLibrary, a Colorado-based firm began to provide content.  The major publishing companies finally took notice of the e-book movement around 2001. With all of this activity by major publishers and electronics companies alongside independents, new selling models are being developed, formats are beginning to homogenize, dedicated reading hardware is now available, and thanks to the Internet, e-books are achieving global distribution.


e-Books in the News  March 2012

Coincidentally in this Read an E-Book month, the Department of Justice  has threatened to sue Apple and  five publishers on collusion charges. Publishers: Penguin Group USA, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster, which is owned by CNET's corporate parent, CBS. 

Walter Isaacson, in his biography of Steve Jobs illustrated Steve Jobs' negotiation skills whild dealing with publishers and their pricing of e-books.

"We told the publishers, 'We'll go to the agency model, where you set the price, and we get our 30%, and yes, the customer pays a little more, but that's what you want anyway.
"They went to Amazon and said, 'You're going to sign an agency contract or we're not going to give you the books.' "

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57393834-93/go-feds-e-books-are-way-overpriced/#ixzz1od8JDdtG"

Consumers justifiably complained about electronic books costing more than the hardcover version.  Finally antitrust investigators began poking around.  According to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday March 8, 2012,   "To build its early lead in e-books, Amazon Inc. sold many new best sellers at $9.99 to encourage consumers to buy its Kindle electronic readers. But publishers deeply disliked the strategy, fearing consumers would grow accustomed to inexpensive e-books and limit publishers' ability to sell pricier titles. Publishers also worried that retailers such as Barnes & Noble Inc. would be unable to compete with Amazon's steep discounting, leaving just one big buyer able to dictate prices in the industry."
The outcome of this litigation remains to be seen and we will attempt to update this document as the situation unfolds

See also the Johnston Library piece Trouble in Paradise which discusses Harper Collins limit of 26 "sign outs" of an e-book held in a library.


 e-Book Vendors:

Western Libraries purchases many books in electronic format in addition to print. E-books have some advantages that their print counterparts do not:
  • Full text searching of the entire book or just a single page
  • More than one user can access a book at a time (though this does vary according to different e-book vendors/companies)
  • Many e-book vendors have a read out-loud feature in which you can listen to the book
  • You don't have to return the book to the library or pay overdue fines
  • Ability to use RefWorks and Write-N-Cite to cite your references
  • They are environmentally friendly!
Click here to search e-books available to Western users. 

Canadian Electronic Library  Bonuses to Using Canadian Electronic Library:
  • Multi-user access to all e-books
  • Documents are delivered to your desktop for ease of use
  • Ability to search within a page or within an entire book
  • Seamless ability to look up biographies of people and places mentioned by right clicking on the word
  • Ability to translate pages or entire books into 10+ languages
  • Ability to take notes and highlight sections for future use

Users can find Canadian Electronic Library e-books through the library catalogue and conducting a Title search for "Canadian Electronic Library" and also limiting to Electronic Resouces. You can also find a list of all the e-books available in Western Libraries by conducting a Subject search in the catalogue for "ebook". 


NetLibrary 
NetLibrary provides full text access to books electronically. Users can quickly locate books by searching the Western Libraries catalogue or the NetLibrary web page. Then, users can read the full-text of a book, browse the book for a short period of time or check the book out online.


Springer e-Book Collection
Among the series that will be recognizable to students of management are: Springer Finance; International Series in Operations Research and Management Science; Contributions to Management Science and International Handbook Series on Entrepreneurship. You will now be able to search and read these monographs from the comfort of your office and, more importantly, they will be available to students in our programs, wherever they may be.


eBook Library

eBook Library or EBL is an online electronic book vendor, which Western Libraries subscribes to. Users can find EBL e-books through the library catalogue and conducting a Keyword search for "EBL" and also limiting to Electronic Resouces.You can also find a list of all the e-books available in Western Libraries by conducting a Subject search in the catalogue for "ebook".


My iLibrary

  • Multi-user functionality -- more than one person can read a book at the same time
  • Full-text searching for both pages and the entire book
  • Ability to use bookmarks to save your place in a book for later use
  • Create your own account and take notes while reading the book
  • Ability to export notes to RefWorks
  • Copy and paste images and text into MS Word, Excel and Power Point
  • Ability to print (amount is subject to copyright restrictions

Business focussed e-book lists:

September 2011 - March 2012 eBook List

January 2011 - September 2011 Business eBook List



Point of interest regarding e-Books:

eBooks Trouble in Paradise
e-Books published by Harper Collins can now be checked out only 26 times before they expire.  Essentially, if books are loaned for a 2 week period, there is a potential that library access to the book would expire within 52 weeks - one year of usage in comparison to a lifetime of accessiblity for paper versions of the same book.