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[BOAI] e-Book research in Sweden

From: "Prof. T.D. Wilson" <t.d.wilson AT sheffield.ac.uk>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2013 19:09:30 +0000


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*PRESS RELEASE*



*A new 4-year research programme on E-books in Sweden

*

Project title: The case of the e-book in a "small language" culture: 
Media,
technology and effects in the digital society.
Commonly developed by the University of Gothenburg (Department of
Journalism, Media and Communication) and the University of Bor=E5s (Swedish
School of Library and Information Science). Financed by the Swedish
Research Council under the Framework grant Digitized society: past, present
and future.



An investigation is proposed into the impact, actual and potential, of the
electronic book (e-book) on the authoring, publishing, distribution and use
process in Sweden. The proposed study is timely, given the recent increase
in the publication, use and library loans of e-books. The situation in
Sweden with regard to the successful introduction of e-books into the
national =91book culture=92 is complicated by a number of factors. It is a
so-called =91small language=92 market, but with a technologically literate
population, many of whom also read English. One of the consequences of the
=91small language=92 phenomenon is that the Swedish book industry is prey t=
o
the effects of globalization, since books have an international market.
Thus, the spread of a Swedish e-book may have to rely on somewhat other
factors than in the English-speaking world. The theoretical framework
includes a focus on: the emergence of the innovation out of previous
prototypes, the existence of a =91supervening social necessity=92, and the
impact of means for the suppression of =91radical potential=92 (Winston). I=
n
addition Bourdieu=92s field theory will be used to analyzing changes in pow=
er
between the actors in the field.



The research methods include personal interviews with authors, publishing
executives and booksellers, focus group interviews with librarians and
readers and questions in national surveys of the population. All data
collection will be performed within the Swedish Research Council=92s ethica=
l
guidelines.



Researchers in the project: Docent Annika Bergstr=F6m, Prof. Lars H=F6glund=
,
Docent Mathias Klang, Prof. Elena Maceviciute, Skans Kersti Nilsson, PhD,
Prof. Tom Wilson.

 Contact persons: Prof. Lars H=F6glund (Gothenburg) lars.hoglund AT jmg.gu.se,
Prof. Elena Maceviciute (Bor=E5s) elena.maceviciute AT hb.se  (or, in UK =96 P=
rof.
Tom Wilson wilsontd AT gmail.com)



Project address:

Prof. Lars H=F6glund, Institute for Journalism, Media and Communication

Gothenburg University Box 710.  405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

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<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><b><span 
style=3D"font-size:=
14pt;font-family:Arial">PRESS RELEASE</span></b></p>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span 
style=3D"font-size:12p=
t;font-family:&#39;Times New 
Roman&#39;">=A0</span></p>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><b><span 
style=3D"font-size:=
12pt;font-family:&#39;Times New Roman&#39;">A new 4-year 
research programme=
 on
E-books in Sweden<br>
<br>
</span></b></p>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span 
style=3D"font-size:12p=
t;font-family:&#39;Times New Roman&#39;">Project title: The 
case of the e-b=
ook in a &quot;small
language&quot; culture: Media, technology and effects in the digital 
societ=
y.</span></p>

<h1 style=3D"margin:0cm 0cm 
0.0001pt;background-color:white"><span style=3D=
"font-size:12pt;font-weight:normal">Commonly developed by the 
University of=
 Gothenburg (</span><span 
style=3D"font-size:12pt;font-weight:normal">Depar=
tment
of Journalism, Media and Communication) and the University of Bor=E5s (Swed=
ish
School of Library and Information Science). Financed by the Swedish Researc=
h
Council under the Framework grant Digitized society: past, present and futu=
re.</span></h1>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span 
style=3D"font-size:12p=
t;font-family:&#39;Times New 
Roman&#39;">=A0</span></p>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span 
style=3D"font-size:12p=
t;font-family:&#39;Times New Roman&#39;">An investigation is 
proposed into =
the impact, actual
and potential, of the electronic book (e-book) on the authoring, publishing=
,
distribution and use process in Sweden. The proposed study is timely, given=
 the
recent increase in the publication, use and library loans of e-books. The
situation in Sweden with regard to the successful introduction of e-books i=
nto
the national =91book culture=92 is complicated by a number of factors. It i=
s a
so-called =91small language=92 market, but with a technologically literate
population, many of whom also read English. One of the consequences of the =
=91small
language=92 phenomenon is that the Swedish book industry is prey to the eff=
ects
of globalization, since books have an international market. Thus, the sprea=
d of
a Swedish e-book may have to rely on somewhat other factors than in the
English-speaking world. The theoretical framework includes a focus on: the
emergence of the innovation out of previous prototypes, the existence of a =
=91supervening
social necessity=92, and the impact of means for the suppression of =91radi=
cal
potential=92 (Winston). In addition Bourdieu=92s field theory will be used =
to
analyzing changes in power between the actors in the field. 
</span></p>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span 
style=3D"font-size:12p=
t;font-family:&#39;Times New 
Roman&#39;">=A0</span></p>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span 
style=3D"font-size:12p=
t;font-family:&#39;Times New Roman&#39;">The research methods 
include perso=
nal interviews with
authors, publishing executives and booksellers, focus group interviews with
librarians and readers and questions in national surveys of the population.=
 All
data collection will be performed within the Swedish Research Council=92s e=
thical
guidelines.</span></p>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span 
style=3D"font-size:12p=
t;font-family:&#39;Times New 
Roman&#39;">=A0</span></p>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span 
style=3D"font-size:12p=
t;font-family:&#39;Times New Roman&#39;">Researchers in the 
project: Docent=
 Annika Bergstr=F6m,
Prof. Lars H=F6glund, Docent Mathias Klang, Prof. Elena Maceviciute, Skans =
Kersti
Nilsson, PhD,=A0 Prof. Tom Wilson.<br>
<br>
</span></p>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span 
style=3D"font-size:12p=
t;font-family:&#39;Times New Roman&#39;">Contact persons: Prof. 
Lars H=F6gl=
und (Gothenburg) </span><span 
style=3D"font-size:12pt;font-family:&#39;Time=
s New Roman&#39;"><a href=3D"mailto:lars.hoglund AT 
jmg.gu.se"><span style=3D"=
font-family:Calibri">lars.hoglund AT 
jmg.gu.se</span></a></span><span style=3D=
"font-size:12pt;font-family:&#39;Times New Roman&#39;">, 
Prof. Elena Macevi=
ciute (Bor=E5s) </span><span 
style=3D"font-size:12pt;font-family:&#39;Times=
 New Roman&#39;"><a href=3D"mailto:elena.maceviciute AT 
hb.se"><span style=3D"=
font-family:Calibri">elena.maceviciute AT 
hb.se</span></a>=A0 (or, in UK =96 P=
rof. Tom Wilson <a href=3D"mailto:wilsontd AT 
gmail.com">wilsontd AT gmail.com</a=
>)
</span></p>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span 
style=3D"font-size:12p=
t;font-family:&#39;Times New 
Roman&#39;">=A0</span></p>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span 
style=3D"font-size:12p=
t;font-family:&#39;Times New Roman&#39;">Project address: 
</span></p>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span 
style=3D"font-size:12p=
t;font-family:&#39;Times New Roman&#39;">Prof. Lars H=F6glund, 
Institute fo=
r Journalism, Media
and Communication</span></p>

<p class=3D"" 
style=3D"margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span 
style=3D"font-size:12p=
t;font-family:&#39;Times New Roman&#39;">Gothenburg University 
Box 710.=A0 =
405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden</span></p>

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<br><div>------------------------------------------------=
----------------------------</div>Professor T.D. Wilson, PhD, PhD 
(h.c.)<di=
v>Publisher and Editor in Chief: Information 
Research</div><div><a href=3D"=
http://informationr.net/ir/" 
target=3D"_blank">http://informationr.net/ir/<=
/a></div>
<div>E-mail: <a href=3D"mailto:wilsontd AT gmail.com" 
target=3D"_blank">wilson=
td AT 
gmail.com</a></div><div>------------------------------------------------=
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