International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 245


Open e-books: The changing paradigm

K. Nikam1* and A. S. Rai2
  1Department of library and Information science, University of Mysore, Mysore –6, Karnataka, India. 2New Horizon College of Engineering, Outer Ring Road, Kadubisanahalli, Panathur Post, Bangalore – 560 087, India.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 31 March 2009
  •  Published: 30 June 2009



When the medieval scribes invented incunabula, less they imagined that a day would come when all that art of printing a book using movable types will soon be invisible and the impact of e-book on scholarship will prevail. The shift in the emergence of e-books to open e-books is magical. Thanks to the efforts of some of the tech leaders like Adobe and Microsoft in revolutionizing the e-book movement. The authors in this paper have discussed the changing faces of an e-book to open e-book and its impact on scholarship, and also present the future of e-books for the new generation readers and the enabling technologies for rapid usage of these changing e-book paradigms in the emerging publishing industry along with the future of these devises.


Key words: E-books, e-library, project Guttenberg, open e-book, e-book software, e-book reader hardware, rocket e-book, e-book publishing, contract law, copyright law.