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
- 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