Archive for the ‘E-books’ Category

Once upon a time…

February 5, 2018

While working on a presentation I’m giving to colleagues tomorrow about open access and REF 2021, I fell down something of an Internet rabbit hole looking for a nice image I could use on a slide. I spent a happy couple of minutes delighting in images of the main library at the University of Cambridge and started to wonder if in 200 years time we’d be getting this excited about ebooks. Yes, that is the way the mind of this Electronic Resources Librarian works.

At this point, I realised that I have a gap in my knowledge (again, I am a librarian; this comes with the territory): I had no idea how, or when, electronic books became A Thing. It seems this actually not as simple to establish, but thanks to some speedy research this afternoon I know a little more. When the first ebook appeared on the scene varies from source to source – this would be a nightmare literature review in a real-life situation! – with one source telling me that the first electronic book appeared in 1993 (on CD-ROM). This seemed altogether too recent for my liking, given what I know about electronic publishing in general. A more likely origin, I suspect, is probably the establishment of Project Gutenberg, whose founder, Michael Hart, is said to have invented the ebook in 1971. In a case of “being in the right place at the right time” in a computer lab at the University of Illinois, the ebook was born. His philosophy was relatively simple: that “the greatest value created by computers but the storage, retrieval, and searching of what was stored in our libraries” It’s over 20 years old but this essay explains how it all began.


All hail the ebook!

January 11, 2018

We’ve bookmarked our Subject Guide, we’ve looked at our reading lists, we’re discovering with Discover@Bolton: what can possibly be next? The ebook, of course!

Yes, yes, I hear you: you all know what an ebook is. But what do you really know about academic ebooks? The only thing you really need to know about an ebook is that there is just one crucial difference between a printed book and an ebook: the format. The content is exactly the same; the academic suitability is exactly the same. So if your lecturer tells you to read a book on any given subject, and the only library copy available is an electronic copy, that is absolutely acceptable. We can even help you reference it properly in the help you’ll find in the relevant sections of LEAP Online.

There are numerous advantages of using an ebook and I think it’s worth mentioning a few of them as a reminder. As is the case with other online resources (databases, for example), they are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although there are some restrictions on the number of users who can access a book at any one time, the number of ‘unlimited’ titles is growing, and unlike a traditional loan, the ebook will be available again a lot quicker. Some platforms allow you to create an account so that you can make your own online notes, and they all allow you to print out sections, save searches and email bibliographic details. In addition, most of our 150,000 ebooks can be accessed via Discover@Bolton, as well as the library catalogue. There is information on ebooks on your Subject Guide, and we also have this help guide for Ebooks to help you further.

An Eresource Advent: Day 8

December 8, 2017

So we had MyiLibrary on Day 6; now it’s time for a huge hitter in our ebook provision: Ebook Central. Providing access to around 130,000 ebooks (yes, you read that right) Ebook Central is another of our key multi-disciplinary resources. The range of topics covered by Ebook Central is diverse and includes content from university presses. The amount of text that can be printed/downloaded varies from title to title, but either way, this has proved to be a very welcome addition to our collection, and we hope you agree!

An Eresource Advent: Day 5

December 5, 2017

It’s time for an ebooks platform to feature I think: today we have MyiLibrary. MyiLibrary is one of our most popular ebook platforms. A multi-disciplinary platform, MyiLibrary includes over 1,500 ebook titles which can be read online. Popular titles include Cottrell’s Study Skills Handbook, Project Management in Construction by Walker, Asking Questions in Biology by Barnard et al and Ahearn’s 3D Games Textures.

Scheduled downtime for Ebook Central

November 30, 2017

Due to essential maintenance, Ebook Central will be unavailable from 6.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. on Saturday 2nd December.

Links that go bump in the night…

October 31, 2017

See what I did there? Anyway, moving on from my rather pathetic attempt to tie in a blog post with the spooky goings-on of 31st October, it looks like we have resolved the issue of multiple links to Ebook Central books from within Discover@Bolton. You should now only see one link which will hopefully make it much easier to access these books. If you do continue to experience difficulties then please let us know.

Seeing two ebook links in Discover@Bolton and one doesn’t seem to work? Read on!

October 24, 2017

We have come across an issue with linking to some ebooks from within Discover@Bolton. If when you are trying to access an ebook you see two links in the record, try both links. We have found that the top link in these cases seems to be producing an error message, whereas the bottom work seems to work. The good news – always looking on the positive side of course – is that we think we know what the problem is, and therefore a solution is being worked on. Apologies for the inconvenience.

MyiLibrary working again

October 20, 2017

The problems we were experiencing earlier this morning with access to MyiLibrary have now been resolved. Thanks go to ProQuest, the providers of this platform, for resolving the issue quickly.

MyiLibrary currently inaccessible

October 20, 2017

We are experiencing problems with MyiLibrary at the moment. This problem is affecting ALL users in the UK and the providers are working to resolve the issue as a matter of urgency.

ProQuest ebooks – maintenance Saturday 26th August

August 23, 2017

ProQuest ebook platforms will undergo routine maintenance on Saturday, August 26, 2017 and be unavailable for about two hours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This will affect Ebook Central and EBL, and those ebooks will not be available during that time. We apologize for the inconvenience.