April's issue of Library Technology Reports, Gadgets and Gizmos: Personal Electronics and the Library, by Jason Griffey is available as an ebook bundle in the ALA Store. Typically, single-copy purchasers have a choice between buying print (available in the ALA Store) or, for an ebook, a PDF version from our MetaPress site. As we prepared for Griffey's webinar, we realized that it would be a fitting, if not an expectation, for the issue to be viewable on a gadget.
To make that happen, we piggybacked on ALA Editions' eEditions initiative, which offers for sale select books as a single, zipped download comprising four common ebook formats, all DRM-free: ePDF, ePub, Kindle, MobiPocket. With this mix, I think we cover most all the popular ereaders. I know within minutes of Griffey's issue being available, he had loaded it on to his still new and shiny iPad.
Conversion for ebook formats is now a standard part of ALA Editions' publishing process. If you know of an ALA Editions book that you'd like to see as an eEdition, make a comment here or send a note to editionsmarketing [at] ala.org. Keep in mind that books with a lot tables or design elements don't convert so well. As for the Library Technology Reports, the online subscription offers a searchable archive, going back nine years, with files as HTML or PDF. We may experiment more with eEditions and welcome your feedback on how you want your Reports.
Purchase the eBook bundle at the ALA Store by going to http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=2970