New Essay Published by First Monday: “E-books: Histories, Trajectories, Futures”
Michael M. Widdersheim, the author of a new essay published in First Monday and linked below, is a Ph.D. student in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh.
Widdersheim’s essay runs approx 9500 words.
First Monday is a peer-reviewed, open access publication.
E-books: Histories, Trajectories, Futures
Michael M. Widdersheim
Vol. 20, No. 6 (2015)
This essay traces the historical trajectory of e-books in the U.S. and imagines their possible futures. Legal, economic, and technical developments that led to contemporary e-books reveal a tension between commercial and non-commercial programming. Commercial e-book designs control end uses, reduce production and distribution costs, stimulate consumption, and monitor user behaviors; however, alternative producers and users on the periphery continue to challenge these centralizing tendencies.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.