January 24, 2022

Full Text Report Provides Intro/Overview to Ebook Preservation

The report linked below was released as part of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) Technology Watch series.


Preserving eBooks (DPC Technology Watch Report 14-01; June 2014)


Amy Kirchhoff

Sheila Morrissey
Ithaka S+R


Digital Preservation Coalition


This report discusses current developments and issues with which public, national, and higher education libraries, publishers, aggregators, and preservation institutions must contend to ensure long-term access to eBook content. These issues include legal questions about the use, reuse, sharing and preservation of eBook objects; format issues, including the sometimes tight coupling of eBook content with particular hardware platforms; the embedding of digital rights management artefacts in eBook files to restrict access to them; and the diverse business ecosystem of eBook publication, with its associated complexities of communities of use and, ultimately, expectations for preservation.

Direct to Full Text Report
36 pages; PDF.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.