Journal Article
The Promise and Problems of the Visual E-Book: Call for an Alliance between Authors and Librarians

Abstract This article explores the state of libraries and authorship in response to the evolving 
landscape of electronic books. The authors discuss the topic through a conversation about 
the choice to self-publish an electronic book in the visual arts. Issues such as the primacy of 
the image as argument for research in design and the visual arts, the availability of e-books 
to libraries, the influence of publishers on the e-book medium and market, and implications 
for libraries and collection development are considered.

Title
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSpirn AWhiston, Whiteside ABaird
JournalArt Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America
Volume33
Issue2
Pagination206-226
Date Published09/2014
Abstract

Abstract This article explores the state of libraries and authorship in response to the evolving 
landscape of electronic books. The authors discuss the topic through a conversation about 
the choice to self-publish an electronic book in the visual arts. Issues such as the primacy of 
the image as argument for research in design and the visual arts, the availability of e-books 
to libraries, the influence of publishers on the e-book medium and market, and implications 
for libraries and collection development are considered.

URLhttp://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/678549
DOI10.1086/678549