There is a wealth of difference in how we experience a book electronically depending on the kind of book it is: fiction, nonfiction, a scholarly work, an encyclopedia, a dictionary, a textbook, or, indeed, not a book at all but rather a magazine or newspaper. It's a whole new reader roller coaster! [...] this one is doubly interesting because e-readers are being adopted by Baby Boomers more quickly than by those young Millennials! STRATEGIES FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIES AND OUR LEARNERS In the spring of 2010, 1 asked my international blog readers to participate in a poll about ebook readers in libraries. [...] we can't compare apples, oranges, and pineapples other than noting that they are all fruit.
THE PIPELINE by Stephen Abram Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Markets for Gale, a part of Cengage Learning Ebooks Part 2: Trends and Standards A week doesn’t LAST time, I wrote about als will be sought even more reg- some of the issues facing us in the ularly as our organizations strug- go by without an transition to a new and much more gle to adapt and be compliant complicated ebook ecology. I noted with changing laws and practices. that things were happening fast, With small battles over Apple’s announcement about and even more has happened since App Store censorship of some writing that column. In Part 1, I ex- books and the ability to limit or new e-readers, new plored our too shallow understand- deny access to some apps, there ing of ebooks and how they differ are real concerns being expressed from traditional books. There is a about the impact on our freedom ebook stores, and wealth of difference in how we ex- to read. It’s getting warmer and perience a book electronically de- more complex out there. new ebook apps for pending on the kind of book it is: fic- As educators, we wish there tion, nonfiction, a scholarly work, could be just one ebook standard. readers, phones, and an encyclopedia, a dictionary, a We can dream, but it seems that textbook, or, indeed, not a book at every new technology evolves for all but rather a magazine or news- many years in several directions at devices. It’s the Wild paper. That said, we need to devel- once. We can all recall when PC op a better understanding of a few software wouldn’t run on Apple ma- West all over again in other things regarding what is hap- chines and when there were com- pening in ebooks. This
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