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The tensions of e-book creation and distribution in a small-language culture
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1235-4311
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3412-2420
University of Borås, Faculty of Librarianship, Information, Education and IT.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4941-8443
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2015 (English)In: Northern Lights, ISSN 1601-829X, Vol. 13, no 1, p. 29-47Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We report on research in progress on the e-book phenomenon in Sweden, the aim of which is to explore the impact of the e-book at every stage, from authorship, through publishing, library lending and bookselling to readership. Here two aspects of the research are covered, the attitudes of authors and publishers towards e-books, to demonstrate the ‘early adoption’ stage of the e-book in the Swedish market. Interviews with authors reveal that most regard e-books favourably, although most of those who have a contract with publishers see it as a by-product of print publishing. Most authors do not have much experience in e-book publishing or self-publishing. The survey of publishers reveals ambivalence towards e-books and in their relationships with libraries and booksellers. The main ‘drivers’ in the uptake of e-books are consumers’ demands for portable, convenient formats and the search for more economic solutions to the provision of textbooks.

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University of Copenhagen: Intellect Journals , 2015. Vol. 13, no 1, p. 29-47
Keywords [en]
e-books, publishers, authors, e-book market, self-publishing, digital publishing, book-circuit, small-language culture
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Information Studies
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-799OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-799DiVA, id: diva2:855581
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E-bokens framtid i ett litet språkområde: media, teknologi och effekter i det digitala samhället
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Swedish Research Council, dnr 2012-5740Available from: 2015-09-21 Created: 2015-09-21 Last updated: 2017-02-10Bibliographically approved

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