Digital Information: Order or Anarchy? by Hazel M. Woodward (Editor), Lorraine Estelle (Editor), Hazel

By Hazel M. Woodward (Editor), Lorraine Estelle (Editor), Hazel M. Woodward, Lorraine Estelle

If the imaginative and prescient for the way forward for electronic info is order, ease of entry, discoverable assets and sustainable enterprise versions, how may well this be accomplished? What may get it wrong to lead to a kingdom of anarchy? In a data surroundings formed through an ever turning out to be and chronic call for for an increasing number of electronic content material from each path, it has develop into more and more vital that publishers, libraries and knowledge pros comprehend the demanding situations and possibilities of the Google surroundings. This publication addresses those matters and carves out a technique for the way forward for electronic info. prepare through a global, cross-sectoral staff of members, each one authored bankruptcy presents a image of the place we're now and considers how the obstacles could be triumph over and what the electronic info surroundings may perhaps appear like in the event that they are - or certainly aren't - addressed. the major sections contain: source discovery; e-books; scholarly communications; digitizing the earlier; who owns the content material within the electronic surroundings; e-learning; a publisher's view; and, the imaginative and prescient for the longer term. This publication is key analyzing for all library and data pros in addition to for researchers and library scholars. it's going to even be of curiosity to publishers wishing to reconcile their very own electronic options with these of either details shoppers and services.

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Publishers and booksellers alike see the huge potential of a machine that collapses the supply chain, increases backlist sales, and matches supply with demand. INTRODUCTION: DIGITAL INFORMATION, AN OVERVIEW OF THE LANDSCAPE 21 The publishing industry of the future The publishing industry has developed its business models around printed books and journals as the major vehicle for the distribution of information. Timo Hannay of Nature Publishing has written: ‘The web is the most disruptive influence on publishing since the invention of movable type .

It can sell more books more cheaply, it does not have a shelf-space problem, it can site its warehouses in low-cost areas, and does not need to rent expensive retail outlets on the high street. Changes in technology which provide the ability to sell cheaply have impacted on the bookselling business before. Charles Edward Maudie founded his circulating library in London in the 1840s and in the following 20 years it expanded to become a dominant force in the UK book trade. Like Amazon today, Maudie took advantage of the new technologies of the time: rail, steamship and the postal services.

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