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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.
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    Thursday, March 09, 2006

    e-Content at the Book Fair

    Information World Review reports that the London Book Fair E-content pavilion fails to shine and that was certainly my experience: compared with last year the "e-content" area was very quiet. Perhaps its just me, but I think people go to the book fair thinking 'books' - the curious, even quirky name "e-Content Pavillion" (it wasn't a pavillion, either) seems both inappropriate and mis-judged. What would have been wrong with the "e-Book Library" or the "e-Book Area"? - at least the punters would have known what was there!
    UKeiG was there - and although they are not strictly e-book people, one of the only times of high activity in the e-Content e-Corner was following the UKeiG seminar on e-books in libraries. And the UKeiG stand had the iRex iLiad e-book reader on it.
    LBF at ExCel was just so big - huge, even - that visitors would need to be fairly focused about what they wanted to see - signage was not brilliant and, coloured carpets notwithstanding, it was easy to loose track of where you were. Next year, more meaningful areas and better area definition please.

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