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ERIC Number: EJ845176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0961-0006
Books in a Virtual World: The Evolution of the E-Book and Its Lexicon
Armstrong, Chris
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, v40 n3 p193-206 2008
Over recent years there has been considerable confusion over the use of the term "e-book", and this article examines the variety of definitions used to date while proposing a definitive construct. Beginning by examining the definitions of "book", the paper moves on to consider the essential element of a book--the content, and to examine publishing and structural aspects of e-books, as well as their place in libraries, before arriving at a final definition. The definition and its derivation embrace all of the issues that affect the way in which e-books are understood and used today. In conclusion, the article looks at both the genesis of e-books, and the stage of acceptance and adoption that they have reached, with brief reference to 3rd-generation e-book readers available at the time of writing. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom