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Information Standards Quarterly

ISSN: 1041-0031

Spring 2011, v.23, no. 2

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Article Title: The Challenge for Standards in the E-book Supply Chain
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Author: Mark Bide, Executive Director of EDItEUR, a Director of Rightscom, and a Visiting Professor of the University of the Arts London
doi: 10.3789/isqv23n2.2011.06
Citation: Bide, Mark. The Challenge for Standards in the E-book Supply Chain. Information Standards Quarterly, 2011 Spring 23(2):25-30.
Annotation: The e-book supply chain is complicated—and is unlikely to get simpler any time soon. What do I mean by "the supply chain"? I mean the whole process that gets an e-book from author to reader—the only two really important points in the whole chain. Without authors who willingly write and readers who willingly read, there would be no supply chain to worry about. But our primary focus in this article is those intermediaries who add value in the process from author to reader. Ask any author who has stood on a street corner trying to sell (or even to give away) copies of a manuscript to passers-by. The process which gets a book from author to readers adds value.