The Spring 2011 issue of Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) is now available online in PDF format and is open access. Both the full issue and the individual articles can be downloaded. This special edition of ISQ presents Views of the E-book Renaissance. Guest content editor, October Ivins of Ivins eContent Solutions, has pulled together a broad range of perspectives on what is happening today with e-books and particularly with e-book standards. As she states in her introductory letter: “Our goal for this issue of ISQ is to present an overview of the status of e-books from multiple perspectives—publishers and other content producers, librarians, and the many vendors who support their creation, management, sales, and distribution. Not coincidentally, it also illustrates the scope of the NISO community.”
In our first feature article, Bill Kasdorf (Apex Content Solutions) provides an update on EPUB 3, the new generation of the EPUB specification just issued by the IDPF, and likens it to opening a Pandora’s box, but where “all the creatures bursting out can be made to behave in a civilized way.” This is followed with answers by Marlie Wasserman (Rutgers University Press) to 10 questions on the state of e-book publishing for university presses.
For our in practice section Mollie Pharo and Marcia Learned Au describe the public library experience with e-books from their perspective over the last decade at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library. Wendy Allen Sherburne (University of Illinois) provides an opinion piece on drinking the e-book kool-aid in an academic library setting.
Mark Bide (EDItEUR) has written our standards spotlight feature where he discusses the challenge for standards in the e-book supply chain. Michael Gorrel(EBSCO Publishing) provides our member spotlight where he shares with us his company’s plans for merging the recently acquired NetLibrary e-books with the EBSCOhost platform.
In NISO reports, Matt Garrish and Markus Gylling (DAISY Consortium) reveal the evolution of accessible publishing that occurred with the revision of the Z39.86 DAISY standard. Todd Carpenter follows with an announcement of a new NISO Ebook Special Interest Group that is in the process of formation.
As always, our issue concludes with Noteworthy news items such as JSTOR’s foray into e-books, ProQuest’s acquisition of Ebrary, the Project Muse and UPeC partnership to offer e-books, the trial use issuance of the Journal Article Tag Suite standard (Z39.96), and several others. And check our State of the Standards table to see the status of all of NISO’s in development projects for standards or recommended practices.
You can find the complete Table of Contents to the Spring issue of ISQ, with links to the articles and PDF downloads here: http://www.niso.org/publications/isq/2011/v23no2/