Issues in Information Resources: E-book Publishing 012

Course Title: Issues in Information Resources: Electronic Books 012


This class is offered in two sections: one online and one face-to-face.   THIS IS THE FULL SYLLABUS FOR BOTH ONLINE AND FACE-TO-FACE SECTIONS. Be sure you register in the section you want.

The ONLINE SECTION is 588-012.


The two differences in the two sections are the way you attend lectures and the way discussion is conducted.

Students in the UA Campus-based section, 588-002, will attend lectures on Wednesday, from 3:30-6, in a UA classroom to be announced. They are expected to contribute actively (at least 5 or more substantive contributions each week)'

Online students may either attend the Monday sessions VIRTUALLY, through Elluminate, or view the recorded Elluminate lecture sometime during the week at their convenience. However they view the lecture, they must also answer five of the student questions each week in the D2L forum. They must also read ALL the replys to the questions, so that they experience the material they would if they were in a classroom.

PLEASE NOTE: Students enrolling in the campus-based session MUST attend classes on Wednesday, from 3:30-6 Regular attendance is necessary to pass the class. You cannot substitute viewing the lecture for attending face-to-face.

ABOUT 588, Both sections

Library Journal calls ebooks "the new normal." While they are correct in that e-books are overtaking print books in sales and are now becoming accepted at a fast pace by consumers, in fact there is nothing "normal" about the e-book publishing environment that is emerging. By that I mean that ebooks are stimulating changes in the publishing industry that go beyond format. We are in the middle of nothing less than a remaking of the way that our society authors, publishes, prices, distributes and gains access to books. And the books themselves are changing as authors and publishers experiment with what it means to "enhance" an ebook.

In this class, we will explore the ebook publishing world and its implication for libraries.

Who Should Take this Class?

In my humble opinion, [:-) this class is essential for anyone who plans to work with books, work with people who read books, or anyone who wants to read books, now and in the future. And it is especially important for librarians to understand the changes that are taking place so that they can influence them, Now, I will get down off my soap box.

I welcome all students who would like to join me in exploring the exciting and chaotic world of ebooks.

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Course Prerequisites: 

IRLS 504 or consent of the instructor

Please note that I am also offering a class on contemporary book publishing, as well as this one on electronic publishing. They are very different in focus. This class focuses completely on electronic books in all their forms and will cover print publishing only insofar as the print version remains the parent copy of the electronic versiononly insofar as the print version remains the parent copy of the electronic version.

The class on contemporary book publishing will give you perspective on print book publishing in American and Britain and will end with an overview of electronic directions. There will only be 1 -2 weeks worth of overlap between the two courses, so for someone interested in publishing today, the two are complementary

Course Description: 

Course Title: Issues in Information Resources: Electronic Books 012

The course covers ebooks, ebook publishing, and the implications and opportunities that ebooks have for libraries.

Although I have not finalized the course schedule, below are many of the topics we will cover:

  1. ebook technologies and production options
  2. ebook access and reading options
  3. ebook formats, both present and upcoming
  4. ebook publishing models
  5. ebook self-publishing and Kindle Direct Publishing
  6. Options for creating ebooks
  7. Ebook sales and marketing
  8. Enhanced ebooks
  9. Traditional library roles
  10. Innovative library roles


Course Objective: 

Students will

  1. Learn about ebook creation options, from the beginning to the final product
  2. Learn about distribution and access options
  3. Learn about the changes that ebooks are forcing in the publishing industry
  4. Learn about what librarians can do to remain central to the reading of books in the future

Required Course Materials: 

At this point, there are no materials to purchase.

If I find something good enough, I may change my mind, but for now I envision that all required reading will be electronic and will be made available to you.

Course Requirements: 

There are 2 sections of this course, one class-room based at UA and one completely online. Except for the way lectures are experienced, both courses are identical and are hosted in the same D2L section. This is the content syllabus for both courses

  • Lectures
  1. Classroom based students will be expected to attend a lecture in a UA classroom, TBA, EVERY Wednesday, from 3"30-6.
  2. Online students my log in via Elluminate to the Wednesday section; if they don't they need to view the recorded lecture during the same week.
  • Study Questions
  • A list of study questions will be posted for each week. Students are required to give answers to 5 questions and to read/listen to all answers. How that is done depends on whether you are classroom-based or online
  1. For classroom based students, the  questions will be asked as part of the lecture, and each student is expected to participate at least 5 times. Because the students are in the same class, they will hear all the answers. If you stay for the whole class, participate 5 times, and pay attention that fulfills your discussion obligation.
  2. Online students who participate in real-time via Elluminate are urged to answer questions too. If they stary for the whole class, participate 5 times, and listen to everyone, then that fulfills their discussion obligation. Online students who cannot log into Elluminate for real-time participation must listen to the tape during that same week. They then must post answers to 5 questions, and read the posts from their fellow online students.
  • Terms and Concepts: Terms and concepts will be listed for each class period. Students are responsible to knowing about these. They can post, ask questions in Elluminate or in D2L The terms will be covered in the readings or in the lecture.
  • Some terms and concepts will appear in the mid-term and final exam.
  • Midtern: There will be a mid-term in the middle of the semester, consisting of multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions and an essay question. It will cover classes up to the midterm.
  • Final: There will be a final at the end  of the semester, consisting of multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions and an essay question. It will cover classes after the midterm.
  • Environmental Scan: Each student is required to search Google, or use Google Alerts, each week to identify an artilce or blog that you feel presents important information in the realm of eBooks. Each student should summarize the article, give the link, and tell us why you feel this is important and  how it relates to what we have learned.
  • Publishing an EBook: In the last hour of each class, the class will discuss, step by step, the processes for making an ebook.
  • Each student is required to follow these steps, preparing to make an eBook of their own. There will be very simple ways to do this and more complicated ones, and students should choose based on their comfort with the steps discussed. This is an experimental assignment, my first try at it, so there will be some trial and error involved, but it should be fun.

Course Grading: 

Grades will be calculated according to the following percentages.

10%     Participation

15%    Environmental Scan 

25%     Midterm Exam

25%    Final Exam 

25%     Published EBook

Course Policies: 

  1. Students who are in the class-based section are expected to attend every Wed.  face2face lecture.
  2. Students in the online section must EITHER come to the live Elluminate lecture on Weds, or must view the recording.
  3. Students are expected to average at least 10 - 12 hours work outside of "class time," which in this case is listening to the lecture. This follows the ABOR guideline for undergraduates. Graduate students who wish to work at the A level may find they need to put in more time.
  4. All work must submitted by the due date and time unless previous permission has been granted by the instructor.
  5. Everything submitted in fulfillment of the course requirements must be the student's own intellectual work, with the exception of work properly attributed to others. Severe penalties will be incurred for plaigarism.
  6. All exams must be taken without the use of resources other than the students' own knowledge. Exams are taken on the honor system, and students will be required to state that they are in compliance with the honor system when taking exams in D2L
  7. Incompletes are governed by Graduate College requirements. Incompletes in this class will be given only when all weekly work has been satisfactorily completed and circumstances beyond the control of students prevent them from finishing the end-of-semester work.
  8. Students who require accommodation for disabilities are required to work through the Disability Resource Center.
  9. Student writing is expected to exhibit standard graduate writing style and conform to standard English spelling, grammar and usage. Points will be lost for failure to comply.
  10. I, as instructor, reserve the right to change the syllabus during the course if I feel there is a compelling reason. Students will be consulted.
  11. Students are asked to respect the copyright of original lecture material. Copyrighted material from the Internet is used in this course on the understanding that it is not shared outside of D2L and therefore falls under the instructor's understanding of fair use.
  12. Having fun and learning a lot is expected in this course.

Jana Bradley


Office Hours, SIRLS, Room 2A (Across from the SIRLS office, closest to the street):

  • Monday, from 2-3 pm
  • Wed, from 2-3 pm
  • on Elluminate, in office, or by telephine: by appt
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