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Getting started with ebooks


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This session looked at the opportunities for using ebooks in education. We provided an overview of the current ebook landscape, with a focus on looking at the benefits, implications of use and how to get started.

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Getting started with ebooks

  1. 1. Getting started with ebooks #Hosted by Zak Mensah Originally broadcast on 22nd Feb 2012 Session recording and resources below
  2. 2. Ways to access our help:HelpdeskTechnical Advice Documents & GuidesTrainingOnline SurgeryConsultancy
  3. 3. House rules• Use the chat window to ask questions• Pop-up windows may need re-sizing• Reminder - session is being recorded
  4. 4. OverviewWhat are ebooks?e-books & e-learning:Trying to bring them togethere-books and e-resource discovery and promotionPublishing ebooksQ&A (10 mins)
  5. 5. What are ebook and ebook readers?
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  8. 8. 1 Why consider e-books?
  9. 9. Uses for e-books• Academic text books• Archiving a collection of material• Collecting blog posts• Self-publishing• Marketing (e.g. prospectus)• Research e.g. e-journals
  10. 10. Opportunities• Access (delivery, time, accessibility)• Support increased mobility• Analytics of use• Support a range of teaching activity• Usability e.g. resize text• Include multimedia (images, video and audio)• interactivity (e.g. book links to wider resources)• Annotation
  11. 11. ConstraintsPerceptionSupport and formatsPublishers (Lack of key texts? DRM issues and economicmodels)
  12. 12. Why aren’t students using E-Books?
  13. 13. Why aren’t students using E-Books? because theyre tooexpensive, maybe? Because you cant share them?Because they dont exist for many textbooks
  14. 14. Audrey Watters writes,"it does highlight the ways in which students’ needsaren’t being met yet by digital content providers. Thatmeans there’s still a huge opportunity here to reshapewhat the textbooks of the future look like.
  15. 15. Openly licensed content, for example, could addressstudents’ concerns about sharing. Better social toolsCould help meet their needs for social reading andlearning.Stephen Downes
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  17. 17. e-books & e-learning:Trying to bring them togetherAndy RamsdenThe Elevate Team
  18. 18. A little context … look through e-learning lens building on work of others and overtime work through some tasks to explorethe potential requirements for an e-book >>> revisiting my Holy Grail  Developing a number of distance learning courses.  Increasing uptake of media tablets
  19. 19. What looking for from the technology (Holy Grail) Task  read recommended articles (instructor controlled)  make notes (student controlled)  share my notes with other students (student controlled)  read other peoples notes in context of the article and mine (student controlled)  draw on my notes as part of my e- portfolio
  20. 20. Workflow: iteration 1 … ramsdenandy_x@Kindle.comCollect Emails sharing does not scale … two devices gets annoying
  21. 21. Emerging approach (software tools) Kindle iPad AndriodBut …. functionality does not seem consistent across devices … perhapsnot yet ready for my Holy Grail … ebooks are personal and notcollaborative
  22. 22. Thanks Andy Ramsden The Elevate Team
  23. 23. Anna Vernon
  24. 24. Sue BurnetteBooks: aspects ofediting and publishing
  25. 25. First some things to consideras a publisher... How? Who? eBook When? Why? What? Where?
  26. 26. And now some things to considerfor editing and production... Document management Some tips! eBook What format? Metadata Copyright Prelims
  27. 27. Document managementeBook
  28. 28. What format?eBook
  29. 29. eBook Prelims
  30. 30. CopyrighteBook
  31. 31. eBook Metadata
  32. 32. eBook Some editing tips!
  33. 33. 4 Where next for e-books?
  34. 34. The Digital Monograph Technical Landscape study(a.k.a. jiscPUB) was a six month thinktank set up by theJISC in the first half of 2011 to explore the potential valuethat the use of the ePUB specification could bring to theHigher and Further Education sector if further adopted inUK Universities.
  35. 35. Rich full-text semantic search tools for scholarly ebookcollections.Tools for generating or traversing highly-specific stablecitations.Plugins or add-ons to provide simple, ebook output forpopular word processing tools.
  36. 36. Improved workflows for authoring attractive, accessible,standards-based mathematical notation in ebooks.Development of an ereading system with an emphasis onscholarly annotation and research-gathering.Aggregate ebook services for authors and universitypresses.Maximize use of orphan works
  37. 37. How to referenceAuthor, Year, Title of book. [type of medium] Place of publication:Publisher. Followed by Available through: include e-booksource/database, web address or URL [Accessed date].Fishman, R., 2005. The rise and fall of suburbia. [e-book]Chester: Castle Press. Available through:University of BristolLibrary website <> [Accessed 5 June2011].Carlsen, J. and Charters, S., eds. 2007. Global wine tourism. [ebook] Wallingford: CABI Pub. Available through:University ofBristol Library website <> [Accessed 9January 2012].