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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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    Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    e-Books at the London Book Fair

    It's not just publishers and academics, but authors who are talking about e-books!

    e-Books have featured large at LBF on Day 1 of the event: Margaret Atwood took part in a panel entitled, “Digitise or Die: What is the Future of the Author?” in which many of the usual issues were raised: you can't read an e-book in the bath, and e-books will be good for reference titles but not for that sacred thing, the novel. No mention, apparently, in this session of other types of e-book such as textbooks, but these - with other kinds of scholarly texts - were the focus of another session in which keynote speaker, Professor David Nicholas of UCL's Centre for Publishing spoke the UCL/UWA SuperBook project. IWRBlog reported on e-books at LBF in a post that included many highlights from the SuperBook talk - a talk which emphasised the importance of e-books to students and scholars.

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