Great post Roz! Hey, what if the augmented reality browsers like Yelp’s Monocle could worked in the stacks? You point the phone at the shelf and the virtual resources in the call range appear intermingled with the other books. What if everything digital that was related appeared? (I’m digging the idea of augmented reality, can you tell?)
Thanks for the interesting perspective, Roz. The patron driven ebook collection development is an interesting concept. Who else are we buying for, after all?
I agree with Lynn the native is most probably digital but I guess it takes time to get all the links and “features” working. I like the paper book but our younger student patrons now have grown up on electronic everything so I would think they are looking forward to this. They are not the only patrons we serve I wonder what the grad students and professors think?
David made the point about utilizing augmented reality to display ebooks in the physical stacks. Great point, I thought. 🙂
Lynn, I am totally there with you. I find it amazing that I get PDF proofs but that there’s no ebook version for purchase. Clearly there is an ebook version the print is made from.
Also, the whole patron driven collection development concept is getting a lot of discussion these days. I love it! It makes a lot more sense in the context of eresources that can (at least in theory) immediately be available upon purchase.
Great post… thanks!
I think somehow the publishers differentiate between the text in electronic format (i.e. a PDF or MSWord file) and an ebook with all the ‘extra bling’ that that implies. But in truth Adobe has as much in it as many ebook platforms and the features it has are consistent from file to file unlike reading books in different ebook platforms.
I think the key is for publishing to rethink the linear, chapter based, print based concept of a monograph – but we’re a long way from that.
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