The University of Aberdeen and Elsevier to Host Live and Online Seminar on the Evolution of Books’ Content from Print to Electronic

  • Join the EBook: Word of the Future

Earlier this year, Elsevier and the University of Aberdeen announced their partnership where the world-leading publisher will be providing a complete collection of electronic reference materials (journals, e-books, etc.) to the University Library opening on the King’s College campus in 2011.

WHO: The University of Aberdeen and Elsevier’s online platform ScienceDirect are bringing together leading experts to discuss and debate the merits of e-books versus traditional printed books. Panelists will include:

  • John Boyne, Novelist and author of New York Times #1 Seller “Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”
  • David Robinson, Books Editor of the Scotsman
  • Dr. Bruce Scharlau, Chair of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen
  • Chris Banks, Librarian, University of Aberdeen
  • Stephen Cawley, Solutions Marketing Manager for Elsevier’s ScienceDirect

WHAT: A live seminar will be broadcast online for those who cannot attend the live session

WHY: To establish deeper insights into the impact of technology on the printed word.
With the commercial success of innovations like the Kindle eBook Reader and the growing appetite for reading material in e-format, have we finally reached that inflection point where readers will make the shift from the printed word to the ebook? What does the future of reading look like?

WHEN: Sunday 17, May 2009



  • From 12:00 p.m. GMT onwards (i.e. London, Aberdeen) / 13:00 p.m. GMT+1 (i.e. Amsterdam, Berlin)
  • To register and access the exclusive online video including additional material, please click here.

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About the University of Aberdeen
Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, The University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third and the United Kingdom’s fifth oldest University. The university has over 13,500 students from more than 120 nationalities. The university is internationally recognized for its high quality teaching with over 89% of its subjects rated excellent/highly satisfactory and 85% of the academic staff rated as research active by the Research Assesment Exercise.

About ScienceDirect 
Over a quarter of the world's full text scientific, technical and medical (STM) peer-reviewed articles - managed by renowned editors, written by respected authors and read by researchers from around the globe - are available in one place: ScienceDirect.

Elsevier's extensive and unique full-text collection covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature including high impact factor titles such as THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron. Over nine million articles are available online, including Articles in Press which offer online access to recently accepted manuscripts. The critical mass of trusted information available on ScienceDirect is unsurpassed. Coverage includes over 2,500 journals published by Elsevier and dynamic linking to journals from approximately 2,000 STM publishers through CrossRef. An expanding program of online major reference works, handbooks, book series and over 4,400 eBooks in all fields of science seamlessly interlinks with primary research referenced in journal articles.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

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