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ERIC Number: EJ824914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
Focus on Ebooks: Report from the Frankfurt Book Fair
Kaser, Dick
Computers in Libraries, v29 n1 p15-16, 46-47 Jan 2009
When the author went to the Frankfurt Book Fair in mid-October in search of an ebooks update story, he learned from vendors that, in a decade-long struggle to grasp a foothold, ebooks are finally coming of age in libraries of all kinds. Though ebook's past may have been one of false hopes and nonstarts, according to all accounts, it was the adoption of the ebook standard that seems to have been the magic factor in the delicate ebook deployment and adoption equation. Since the coming a year ago of the XML-based EPUB standard, more and more publishers have released more and more titles until a critical mass has finally been achieved. Title availability is now fueling library uptake which has also been driven by end-user demand for the format. In an official release, Frankfurt Book Fair organizers reported record attendance for the fair of nearly 300,000 visitors and 7,373 exhibitors. The high attendance was driven, they said, by "the new business models and fields of business driven by digitization." Of the exhibitors, 353 categorized themselves as ebook vendors in the fair's official catalog. In a conversation with Stephen Cole, managing director of Ebooks Corp., about the trends, Cole stated that his firm alone now offers 160,000 titles, "growing at 40,000 per year." Not only are a wider and wider array of ebook titles becoming available, but so are an increasing number of library purchasing models. In this article, the author talks about the report on ebooks from the Frankfurt Book Fair and presents highlights from a fast tour of the book fair.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany