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Introduction
Description of the History E-Book (HEB) Project
The ACLS
The HEB Advisory Board
The Project Directors
The History E-Book Project Center

Why the Electronic History Book?
The Electronic (E-) Book
Title Selection
The Author
Working with a Sponsoring Publisher
Contractual Arrangements
Copyright and Fair Use

Frontlist Features and File Preparation
The Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan Library (SPO)
Publication of the History E-Book
Marketing Plan
Monitoring Access
Summation

 

The Electronic (E-) Book

For the purposes of this Project, we define an e-book as a text- or text-and-image based publication in digital, i.e., computer-generated, presented, and readable form. E-books can and will take a variety of forms: the CD-ROM, the "Open eBook," and Web-CDs have offered variously successful models for electronic publication. But from the outset the History E-Book Project focused on the World Wide Web as the most promising—and convenient—approach to electronic publishing.

In general terms, e-books, in whatever form, differ from traditional print books in several ways:

  • the reader accesses and views text, images, charts, maps, tables, and indexes on the computer screen

  • the text citations and any captions for images, tables, charts, maps, etc. are searchable by entering key words into the program's search engine

  • various sections of the publication (chapters, subsections, indexes, support materials) can be accessed in many different sequences by electronic links called hyperlinks. These are designated through standard indicators—generally in bold, another color, and/or underlinings—called hot spots

  • generally the action required to activate these links is to click on the indicated hot spot with the mouse, using a pointer or finger symbol, which causes the page view to jump automatically to another section

  • various other features, including pop-up notes, enlargeable images, data sets created on the fly, have all become standard e-book features.

The History E-Book Project has chosen to deploy a selection of reading formats for presentation on the World Wide Web, depending on the title's content, its complexity, and the technical expertise of its author and editors. (See the List of Features currently available to authors and publishers in HEB titles.) Authors should bear in mind that their finished e-book could use any variation of these features to optimize the presentation of materials—whether verbal or visual—with the chosen format in mind that is most appropriate to their subject and content.

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rev. 8/13/03

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