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Using eBooks

  1. 1. Using eBooks
  2. 2. What is an ‘eBook’? <ul><li>… is the digital-media (electronic) equivalent of a conventional ‘printed’ book. </li></ul><ul><li>… a book published in electronic form. </li></ul><ul><li>… can include more interactive content than available in printed format (hyperlinks, MCQs, etc). </li></ul><ul><li>… publicly accessible or restricted to purchaser only. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How can I find an eBook? <ul><li>Use myBU: mybu.bournemouth.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Use the Library: www.bournemouth.ac.uk/library/ </li></ul><ul><li>Use Google: books.google.com </li></ul>
  4. 4. Staff – Using eBooks <ul><li>Search database for required textbook(s). </li></ul><ul><li>Check that eBook version is currently available: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If not contact Library to find out if one has been made available since last request. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check eBook is correct. </li></ul><ul><li>Copy URL for link in Unit Materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Inform Programme Admin Team of eBook details: author, title, edition, etc. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Students – Using eBooks <ul><li>Make sure you have your Athens Account details to hand. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search the eBook database, or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click the link you have been provided by the Tutor. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use the navigation options in the eBook to find text, annotate, and correctly cite the reference in your work: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read ‘ BU Citing References ’ guide </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. eBooks – what they don’t tell you <ul><li>Only a few publishers currently release eBook editions. </li></ul><ul><li>Law / Accounting still rely heavily on printed work. </li></ul><ul><li>Publishers provide limited access (typically 1-5 concurrent users allowed to view at same time) to eBooks. </li></ul><ul><li>Access off-campus often difficult to manage unless Publisher accepts Athens Account login. </li></ul>
  7. 7. eBook Readers Sony Reader “… lets you store and take stacks of books with you, wherever you go.” Amazon Kindle “… simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing.“ iRex iLiad “… lets you read and write, as you do on paper, everywhere you go.”
  8. 8. eBook Readers: the downside? <ul><li>Aimed at commercial rather than education use. </li></ul><ul><li>Only any good if you can actually download eBook to store: many academic publishers use software to display only. </li></ul><ul><li>Make notes on the page (only iLiad offer this function, at the moment). </li></ul><ul><li>Some file formats not compatible with some Readers. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Thank you for your time <ul><li>David Hopkins </li></ul><ul><li>twitter.com/hopkinsdavid </li></ul>

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