Muhammad SohaibBS(HONS) 5th semesterRoll No:10Department of library and informationscienceThe Islamia University Of Bahawalpur
What is E-publishing? Electronic publishing can be defined as thepublication process where the manuscripts aresubmitted in electronic format, edited, printed, andeven distributed to readers (users) by employingcomputers and telecommunications. In general, the fusion of electronic, computer andcommunication technologies with publishing can betermed as EP to mean any information sourcepublished in electronic (machine-readable) form. Thiswould include sources distributed on magnetic tapeand such media as videodisc
Even since the first electronic book was published in1985 in Germany. There has been a steady growth inthe number of electronic publication. More and morepublishers of scholarly, academic and reference worksfrom almost all fields of human knowledge areentering into the EP field.
The first EP products were mostly reference works,secondary publications, and machine-readabledatabases of indexing and abstracting services.
Optical discs and electronicpublishing Optical information storage systems have becomesynonymous with EP. This is because of the success of the CD-ROM as theoptical medium of choice for the publishing industry Durability, capability to hold large volumes of data
Electronic journal There is considerable difference of opinion on thedefinition of electronic journal (EJ). McMillan’ definedit as any serial produced, published and distributednationally or internationally via electronic networkssuch as Bitnet and the Internet.
Advantages In electronic publishing, the data can be maintainedup-to-date so that the buyer will be able to purchasethe latest version of publications (for example,encyclopedias, and directories The most important advantage of EJs over theconventional journal is the using in the turn-aroundtime, i.e., the time lag in submission, refereeing,vision, editing, composing, printing, binding, andforwarding eliminated by using computer andcommunication networks.
Disadvantages Some of the problems of EP include high initial coststo the publishers The acceptance of EJs depends upon the user-friendlyretrieval software Electronic publications necessitate the availability of acomputer and communication network to thesubscriber