The eBook Revolution
A Primer for Librarians on the Front Lines
by Kate Sheehan
January 2013, 146pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-183-3
$50, £38, 42€, A72
eBook Available: 978-1-61069-184-0
Please contact your preferred eBook vendor for pricing.

Research shows that 15 percent of Americans now own an eReader—a figure that may not sound particularly compelling until one considers that fewer than half of all Americans purchase a book in a year’s time. The transition from printed books to eBooks is well underway, and libraries must change to accommodate this shift.

The book ecosystem is radically changing, and libraries must change with it. This book tackles the controversial discussion about eBooks and explores librarian-driven solutions and visions for the future of libraries in the 21st century.

The eBook Revolution: A Primer for Librarians on the Front Lines is exactly what its title promises: an essential resource for librarians facing the formidable task of coordinating the library-wide transition to eBooks and fielding questions from patrons about eBooks on a daily basis.

After an introduction that covers the basics of eBooks and current eBook technology, the author puts things into perspective, documenting the changes that have occurred over the past decade. She also delves into important eBook issues, identifying librarian-driven solutions and providing glimpses of what libraries in the near future will likely be like. The book examines perennially critical issues such as accessibility, resource sharing, and the digital divide within the context of eBook technology and provides a clear framework for discussing eBooks, thereby enabling readers to make informed decisions regarding their own organizations.

Kate Sheehan, MSLIS, is special projects coordinator for Bibliomation, a consortium of public and school libraries in Connecticut. She has been coordinator of knowledge and learning services at Darien Library and coordinator of library automation at Danbury Public Library, noted as the first library to implement LibraryThing for Libraries. Prior to joining Danbury Public Library, Sheehan was technology and reference librarian at both Hamden Public Library and the Ferguson Library. She holds a master of science degree in library and information science from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Boston, MA. Sheehan also blogs at and for ALA TechSource.


"This short book provides an exhaustive overview of the current eBook environment. . . . A must-read for public librarians tossed into the digital fray."—Library Resources and Technical Services, January 31, 2014
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