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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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    Friday, March 30, 2007

    e-Books in Germany

    Rather a delay in reporting back from my trip to Leipzig - I got bogged down in work on my return!

    The conference was interesting. Apart from the rather good venue in a newish and purpose-built conference and exhibition site (see http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris-collation/439143317/), the conference attracted well over 2,000 delegates from around Europe. In fact it was rather like a small European chapter of IFLA, with representatives from most European library associations present.

    There were two sessions devoted to e-books in libraries, and mine was the first paper. If the reception to the sessions was anything to judge by - e-books are going to be important in Germany. The conference room was packed to overflowing! My paper (Abstract and PowerPoint) was well received and generated a lot of questions. Many of the usual e-book suppliers, publishers and aggregators were present in the exhibition areas... as were Bowker, with Global Books in Print, which has now (correction from not) become a significant source for locating new titles with over 233,000 entries.

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