Why formats matter more than ever….

A page from Treasures from UCL in the Exact Editions format
  • ebooks are hard to cite (usually no page numbers)
  • ebooks are impossible to link to
  • many books do not happily format as ebooks (especially with complex layouts or high end design)
  • PDFs of typeset books may contain fonts that cannot be freely distributed
  • PDFs are hard to cite with page-specific direct links from a digital document
  • PDFs may be too easily shareable from the point of view of a publisher or author who is not committed to Open Access
  • even when committed to Open Access, an exclusively PDF distribution channel risks losing information on usage that the sponsoring institution may require, and a lesser but real problem, the provenance of a PDF may be uncertain.

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Publisher and then web publisher

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