VALA2014 Session 8 Browne

The EPUB standard and ebook indexes: better user access to information in ebooks

Wednesday 5 February 2014, 14:20 – 14:50
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Glenda Browne

Westmead Hospital, NSW

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Ebooks need indexes just as print books do, but in the early days of digital publishing only a few ebooks had active, linked indexes. This is expected to change. The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) manages and develops the EPUB ebook standard. The IDPF Indexes Working Group is writing a standard for ebook indexes that will allow for the provision of active indexes and adds features not possible with print. This paper finds that librarians have a key role to play in the promotion of better ebook navigation options through the selection of ebooks with effective indexes, the assessment of reading devices and provision of advice to users.

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