Finding and Using E-Books


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Presented during a Spring 2012 Faculty Development Workshop at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Presenters: Rebecca Miller and Carolyn Meier

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  • Finding and Using E-Books

    1. 1. Rebecca K. Miller Carolyn MeierFaculty Development Institute Virginia Tech March 2012
    2. 2. About Us Rebecca K. Miller is the College Librarian for Science, Life Sciences, and Engineering Carolyn Meier is the First Year Experience Librarian
    3. 3. Session Overview The current state of e-books E-books in higher education Searching for e-books in Addison E-book packages at University Libraries Accessing University Libraries e-books Beyond University Libraries
    4. 4. E-Books: A History Let’s look at an infographic: year-history-of-ebooks-illustrated/ E-books have been around for 30 years The advent of devoted e-readers has changed the game
    5. 5. Video: The Future of the Book
    6. 6. Recent Bowker Study Australia, India, UK, and US are world leaders in e- book adoption rates—20% of respondent have purchased an e-book in the past 6 months 1/3 respondents in the US and UK indicated they would be buying an e-book soon In UK and US, purchase rates are highest among 24-35 year olds Genre: in UK and Australia, concentration on adult fiction; in India and South Korea, concentration on professional and academic
    7. 7. Libraries & E-books Libraries want to deliver resources to users, no matter where they are; e-books aid in this endeavor E-books also play a role in libraries’ new visions of way that library space can be used E-books are often purchased in packages Recent LRG report: 64% of libraries are reporting rising demand from patrons for e-book access (up from 41% last year)
    8. 8. Three Layers A recent EDUCAUSE review article (see “resources”) identified three layers of e-reading:  Hardware  Software & controls  Content
    9. 9. Hardware What do you read e-books on?  Computer? Dedicated e-reader? Tablet? Study v. “Trade” Reading Optimal “study” reading device:  10 in. or larger color screen  at least 5-8 hours of battery life  adequate “entry” mechanism (keyboard, mouse)  32 GB or more memory  multitasking In short…a laptop!
    10. 10. Software & Controls Highlighting Tagging Full text searching Accessibility (visual and physical) Also includes:  DRM  Special software needed to read book (e.g. Adobe Digital Editions or Schubert)
    11. 11. Content Currently, less than 20% of content requested by faculty is available in a digital format The content that IS available is mainly static reproductions of the print textbook—not at all the vision of the “future” e-book What’s more: some content that is available for individual purchase is not yet available for institutional purchase
    12. 12. Students Using TextbooksAnother infographic!
    13. 13. Searching for E-books in Addison
    14. 14. A word on Addison… When we receive e-book updates from these packages, sometimes there can be a backlog in adding the records to Addison (the library catalog). If you’re looking for a tech manual, for example, or a SpringerLink book, check Safari and SpringerLink before requesting a book via ILL
    15. 15. E-Book Packages at UniversityLibraries ACS Symposium Series APA PsycBOOKS Gale Center for Research Libraries EBL Ebooks on EBSCOhost ebrary CRC Engineering Handbooks Online HathiTrust Digital Library Knovel National Academies Press Safari Books Online SpringLink eBooks Synthesis Digital Library And even more…
    16. 16. A word on users & accounts Multi- v. single-user Creating an account “Checking out” a book
    17. 17. E-book packages at UniversityLibraries:
    18. 18. HathiTrust & Summon HathiTrust Digital Library full-text indexed in Summon About 20% is fully accessible (no subscription needed) Several browsable collections:
    19. 19. Digital Rights Management Essentially restricts the way you can interact with a PDF’s content:  Printing  Downloading  Viewing  “Checkout” period
    20. 20. Adobe Digital Editions Is required by some e-book providers, like Ebsco E- books Is used to manage the e-b0oks, and recognize the DRM restrictions placed on this content Is available: oPrompt=true Our recommendation? Go ahead and install it if you think you may use any type of e-book soon
    21. 21. Adobe Digital Editions
    22. 22. Schubert|it Plugin for Mac recommended for use with Ebsco E- books:
    23. 23. Beyond University Libraries:Free, on the web Project Gutenberg National Academies Press Google Books OpenLibrary Some of HathiTrust
    24. 24. Beyond University Libraries:Overdrive, through the PL
    25. 25. E-readers
    26. 26. PDFs and Documents on Kindle Add through USB Add through “free” personal document service: “yourname” (Kindle’s email address) Will not work on free Kindle applications
    27. 27. PDFs and Documents on Nook Need Adobe Digital Editions Drag & drop Will sometimes be distorted
    28. 28. Nook and Kindle on iPad The Kindle and Nook apps have some restrictions  With Kindle, cannot use the new Lending Library or the free Personal Document Service Basically, allow you to sync with what you are reading on your dedicated e-reader
    29. 29. More on the iPad Reading e-books from University Libraries on an iPad, or other tablet, should be relatively simple. Simply pull up the material (PDF, html), and then read it as you would on another computer. Tablet v. dedicated e-reader
    30. 30. Final Thoughts We will only be adding more and more e-content in the coming years Most, if not all, can easily be accessed through a desk/laptop, but we’re still seeing how publishers work with tablets and dedicated e-readers Right now, the e-book landscape is incredibly diverse—no two platforms are alike! If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact one of us at University Libraries!
    31. 31. Resources EDUCAUSE. (2011). E-books: Overview. Retrieved from McCarthy, D. (March/April 2011). E-reading: the transition in higher education. EDUCAUSE Review, 46(2). Retrieved from pectivesOnebooksibr/226161 Head, A.J., and Eisenberg, M.B. (October 2011). Balancing act: how college students manage technology while in library during crunch time. Project Information Literacy Research Report. Retrieved from Keller, M. (7 Mar., 2011). Library consortia begin to vote against HarperCollins ebook checkout policy. Retrieved from 264/library_consortia_begin_to_vote.html.csp Li, C., et al. (May 2011). Springer e-book pilot project: reader assessment subcomittee. Retrieved from Polanka, S. (27 Mar., 2012). Bowker releases results of global ebook research. Retrieved from ebook-research/ Polanka, S. (20 Mar., 2012). New LRG study. Retrieved from increased-demand-for-electronic-offerings/#more-4528
    32. 32. Questions?Contact us!Rebecca K. Millermillerrk@vt.eduhttp://rebeccakatemiller.comCarolyn