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The E-Book Effect
Rob Cagna, Library Director
West Virginia University
Charleston Health Sciences Library
www.twitter.com/...
What we’ll examine
• Old ways of how students gathered material
• New ways; new formats
• What’s good
• What may be proble...
“Old” ways of getting a book
• From teacher/school
• School library
• Public library
• Interlibrary loan
• Local bookstore...
But now, new access points…
E-book readers
Desktop computers
Laptops
Tablets
Smartphones
Some benefits of e-books
• Portability
• Access
• Price
• Adaptability (font size, speaking ability, etc.)
• Multimedia co...
Closer than we think!
De Humani Corporis Fabrica
• "The Fabrica"
• by Andreas Vesalius
• How has this author and book
influenced online content,...
Vesalius’s life
• 1514-1564
• Born in Brussels to a health sciences family
• Studied at the University of Louvain, the
Uni...
Vesalius’s life (continued)
Broke with tradition; did
showcase dissection
demonstrations by himself
rather than telling so...
http://archive.nlm.nih.gov/proj/ttp/ves
aliusgallery.htm
Vesalius’s masterpiece: the Fabrica
• De Humani Corporis Fabrica
• Published in 1543 by Johannes Oporinus; text
and drawin...
Free versions of “The Fabrica”
• A free scan of the book is available at Google
Books via Google Play
• A free preview of ...
NLM (National Library of Med.)
Turning the Pages Online
http://archive.nlm.nih.gov/proj/tt
p/flash/vesalius/vesalius.html
500th Anniversary Edition
www.vesaliusfabrica.com
University of Glasgow
Online exhibit with
selected images and
general information
http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/ex
hibns/mo...
Becker Library, St. Louis University
http://beckerexhibits.wustl.edu/vesalius/index.html
Basel University, Switzerland
http://www.erara.ch/bau_1/content/
The Epitome Edition
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30027161
Fabrica and the Epitome
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30027161
Supported by
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30027161
YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5LGCCjZcCo
YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhnDcPdS4NA
vesalius.com
www.vesalius.com
Poetry (and Sound)
De Humani Corporis Fabrica (John Burnside)
after Vesalius
I know the names of almost
nothing...
http://...
Plays
Vesalius: A Requiem (London, 1996)
http://variouspeople.com.au/productions/vesalius-a-requiem/
Dead for 450 years…but on Facebook
Vesalius on Twitter
Vesalius Conference 2015
http://vesalius.wustl.edu/schedule.html
De Humani Google Images
Map the book: Google Maps
French translation in progress
http://www3.biusante.parisdescartes.fr/vesale/debut.htm
The Vesalius Project
www.ospfe.it
Vesalius on the TV News
http://www.brusselnieuws.be/en/video/tvbrussel
Vesalius Anatomy Card Game
http://www.kindersleyworkshop.co.uk/vesalius-card-game/
Vesalius College
www.vesalius.edu
The 21st century
is awesome!
What do we lose with e-books?
What do we lose with e-books?
• Sense of size
• Sense of weight, heft, gravitas
• Books as architecture (William Morris)
•...
What do we lose? (continued)
• Concrete poetry may lose its font type, font
size, ink, kerning, layout, white space, page
...
Encourage students to enter the National
Collegiate Book Collecting Contest
http://www.abaa.org/ncbcc/the-national-
colleg...
Questions?
Rob Cagna, Library Director
West Virginia University
Charleston Health Sciences Library
rcagna@hsc.wvu.edu
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The E-Book Effect

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This presentation examines the rise of e-books and some of their pros and cons by focusing on one particular book, De Humani Corporis Fabrica by Andreas Vesalius.

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The E-Book Effect

  1. 1. The E-Book Effect Rob Cagna, Library Director West Virginia University Charleston Health Sciences Library www.twitter.com/rcagna www.slideshare.net/cagna
  2. 2. What we’ll examine • Old ways of how students gathered material • New ways; new formats • What’s good • What may be problematic
  3. 3. “Old” ways of getting a book • From teacher/school • School library • Public library • Interlibrary loan • Local bookstore • Scholastic Reading Club (book orders) • Book Fairs (All still in use!)
  4. 4. But now, new access points… E-book readers Desktop computers Laptops Tablets Smartphones
  5. 5. Some benefits of e-books • Portability • Access • Price • Adaptability (font size, speaking ability, etc.) • Multimedia content • Interactive, assessed reading with title recommendations (ex: myON)
  6. 6. Closer than we think!
  7. 7. De Humani Corporis Fabrica • "The Fabrica" • by Andreas Vesalius • How has this author and book influenced online content, and how have others interpreted the original content?
  8. 8. Vesalius’s life • 1514-1564 • Born in Brussels to a health sciences family • Studied at the University of Louvain, the University of Paris, and the University of Padua • Was a professor at the University of Padua; occasionally at Pisa and Bologna • Studied Galen's teachings
  9. 9. Vesalius’s life (continued) Broke with tradition; did showcase dissection demonstrations by himself rather than telling someone else what to do while he lectured; started to notice Galen was wrong in many points of his writings, perhaps because Galen primarily used non-human animals to learn about anatomic structure
  10. 10. http://archive.nlm.nih.gov/proj/ttp/ves aliusgallery.htm
  11. 11. Vesalius’s masterpiece: the Fabrica • De Humani Corporis Fabrica • Published in 1543 by Johannes Oporinus; text and drawings were clear and sharp • The drawings are believed to have been done by Titian’s school (van Calcar), perhaps some by Titian himself, and are amazing even today • Text was in Latin and instructed readers how to do their own dissections • It revolutionized anatomy and physiology
  12. 12. Free versions of “The Fabrica” • A free scan of the book is available at Google Books via Google Play • A free preview of an English translation is available via Google Books, too
  13. 13. NLM (National Library of Med.) Turning the Pages Online http://archive.nlm.nih.gov/proj/tt p/flash/vesalius/vesalius.html
  14. 14. 500th Anniversary Edition www.vesaliusfabrica.com
  15. 15. University of Glasgow Online exhibit with selected images and general information http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/ex hibns/month/sep2002.htm
  16. 16. Becker Library, St. Louis University http://beckerexhibits.wustl.edu/vesalius/index.html
  17. 17. Basel University, Switzerland http://www.erara.ch/bau_1/content/
  18. 18. The Epitome Edition http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30027161
  19. 19. Fabrica and the Epitome http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30027161
  20. 20. Supported by http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30027161
  21. 21. YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5LGCCjZcCo
  22. 22. YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhnDcPdS4NA
  23. 23. vesalius.com www.vesalius.com
  24. 24. Poetry (and Sound) De Humani Corporis Fabrica (John Burnside) after Vesalius I know the names of almost nothing... http://www.poetryarchive.org/poem/de-humani-corporis-fabrica
  25. 25. Plays Vesalius: A Requiem (London, 1996) http://variouspeople.com.au/productions/vesalius-a-requiem/
  26. 26. Dead for 450 years…but on Facebook
  27. 27. Vesalius on Twitter
  28. 28. Vesalius Conference 2015 http://vesalius.wustl.edu/schedule.html
  29. 29. De Humani Google Images
  30. 30. Map the book: Google Maps
  31. 31. French translation in progress http://www3.biusante.parisdescartes.fr/vesale/debut.htm
  32. 32. The Vesalius Project www.ospfe.it
  33. 33. Vesalius on the TV News http://www.brusselnieuws.be/en/video/tvbrussel
  34. 34. Vesalius Anatomy Card Game http://www.kindersleyworkshop.co.uk/vesalius-card-game/
  35. 35. Vesalius College www.vesalius.edu
  36. 36. The 21st century is awesome!
  37. 37. What do we lose with e-books?
  38. 38. What do we lose with e-books? • Sense of size • Sense of weight, heft, gravitas • Books as architecture (William Morris) • Page turning (noise, crinkling of pages, type of paper and its feel) • Marginalia and fingerprints (possibly) • Texture, binding, tobacco-whiskey smell • Expressive, haptic nature (possibly)
  39. 39. What do we lose? (continued) • Concrete poetry may lose its font type, font size, ink, kerning, layout, white space, page size, paper type, etc. when being reformatted as an e-book and/or when the end user manipulates the settings • Possible loss of some content recall ability?
  40. 40. Encourage students to enter the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest http://www.abaa.org/ncbcc/the-national- collegiate-book-collecting-contest Enter by the end of May!
  41. 41. Questions? Rob Cagna, Library Director West Virginia University Charleston Health Sciences Library rcagna@hsc.wvu.edu Twitter www.twitter.com/rcagna Facebook www.facebook.com/robertcagna slideshare www.slideshare.net/cagna

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