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Medical eBook Publishing Trends Webinar Summary

Today I attended the MLA webinar on e-books, 2011 Medical eBook Publishing Trends, sponsored by Ovid. My notes are below.

Moderator, Mark Funk, Weill Cornell Medical Library

Panelists:

  • Deb Blecic, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Liz Lorbeer, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences
  • Jennie Stewart, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Dan Doody, Doody Enterprises

The current environment – Mark set the stage with some statistics on the popularity of eBooks. He discussed the digitization Waves in libraires, citing ebooks as the 4th wave.  abs/ins, ref tools, ejournals were the first 3 waves.

Why are ebooks more difficult?  Mark believes it’s in the final deliverable product.  The final product is much more complex to produce than a journal article.  It has more editing, illustrations, authors are paid, and individual sales to students are important to publishers for revenue.  All of these factors lead to a higher cost for the ebook than a journal article. Continue reading