Electronic books: a review and evaluation

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This paper discusses the genesis of e-books and derives a comprehensive definition from various definitions reported for them. It lists the various types of e-books with their characteristics and the major players in the market. It also highlights the pros and cons of e-books, and compares select e-book reader hardware and software with their specifications, requirements and characteristics. The impact of e-books on the publishing industry, on libraries and librarians, and digital rights management is discussed. The author concludes that e-books are rapidly becoming a viable alternative and provide growing advantages over the traditional medium.

Keywords: Electronic publishing; India; Libraries

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/07378830310467427

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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