Editorial - Issue 2: The Electronic Book
At March 13, 2005 Michael Mandelartz from Meiji University
Tokyo referred in the Mailing List INETBIB to Austrian Literature
Online, which digitalizes each book, which cannot be traced or purchased
in any bookstore at Innsbruck.
In summer last year during a conference organized
by ICR (International Resource Centre of the US Embassy Berlin)
the library director of Harvard reported that in one or one year
and a half the total collection will be digitalized. Already today
college and university libraries in the United States are using
these collections if certain items in their own collection are lent
out or are as part of the reference collection not supposed to leave
the library building. The user from other institutions may chose
now to receive a bound copy (with a charge of around 20 dollars)
or the electronic form which is less costing.
These examples are mostly digitalized formats of printed books but
not electronic books which are offering quite different possibilities
for searches, linking and forms of depiction
As in most cases being observed the introduction of a new media
is followed by problems which have to be solved. This refers not
only to the technique in this case the reading devices but also
the format and the transmission of the E-Book. But also the organisation
and the place of the E-Book in the collection have to be taken into
consideration. The definition of the
E-Book by Daniela Zivkovic, Professor at the faculty
of philosophy, department of library and information sciences in
Zagreb, Croatia and having worked for a long time with the international
ISBN Agency will create a base for this topic. She is joined by
Mr. Peter Just, who just completed his Master Thesis at the Institute
or Library Science and the Humboldt University about the electronic
book and continues to be engaged in this topic.
The electronic book is really not an academic topic but a new media,
which is going to conquer the market in the USA already. It will
enlarge information work of the libraries and will enable new possibilities
for libraries, e.g. the access to special collections. Voluminous
handbooks which often cannot be lent out should not be carried any
more and this will delight not only lawyers. But also sick and weak
patients will profit by them e.g. in the bibliotherapy. Lending
to other libraries will change and E-Learning as well privately,
on the site of the campus and during different continuing education
LIBREAS is delighted to present hereby some examples for further
discussion of this new media, which is going to influence in time
the collection development and the information work of libraries.
For further literature on the topic “electronic book”
we refer to the elaborate bibliography from Chennupati K. Ramaiah,
which was published in „The Electronic Library“ earlier
this year (Volume 23, Number 1, 2005, pp. 17-44).
Additionally you will find in LIBREAS’
current issue a short report on “INFODATA-eDepot”, a
project at Potsdam in LIBREAS, which collects and provides electronic
texts. Therefore it is no surprise to find i.e. Achim Oßwalds
interesting essay about the electronic book: E-Book-Angebotskonzepte
von Aggregatoren für Bibliotheken (2004).
Because of Creative Commons the piece is distributed quite freely
on the web – a topic which refers to the crucial point of
electronic books: Digital Rights Management. Dörte Böhner
and Doreen Lutze put some thoughts on this subject and we put those
thoughts in the journal.
A big unsolved question is yet the impact of electronic books and
publications on library architecture.
A very ambitious approach is definitely Herzog & De Meuron’s
“Informations-, Kommunikations- und Medienzentrum” (IKMZ)
It’s hard to answer to which extent they succeeded in being
a representation of environment shifting increasingly into a sphere
of electronic information, communication and multi media, so we
just apply to some – more or less personal – impressions.
We very hope, you enjoy our second just – which of course
is quite a challenge for all not-german-speaking readers. If you
like to contribute something written in English please feel free
Anyway we look forward to receive your ideas, advices and suggestions
and remain with best regards from Berlin’s Institute of Library