E-book vendors continue to experiment: adjustments to business models, consolidation of content, and mergers with competitors mean constant change. Whatas 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 Roncevicas 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 Ka12 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: ac type of e-book platform (e.g., ... other than e-books (e.g., journals) ac inclusion of book reviews ac inclusion of author biographies and other works by the same ... PDF files generally do not adapt as well to mobile devices and are difficult to view on small screens. ... The most prevalent portable e- readers include Barnes aamp; Noblea#39;s Nook, Applea#39;s iPad, Sonya#39;s eReader, Kobo, and Amazona#39;s Kindle.
|Title||:||E-book Platforms for Libraries|
|Publisher||:||American Library Association - 2013|