Estonia’s Own e-Book
Last year can be considered the successful beginning of the production of Estonian e-books. The article gives an overview of what an e-book is and where it is possible to get it.
Publishers and bookshops offer the readers an ever expanding choice of e-books in all possible formats. An important problem is making the book files copying-safe and guaranteeing copyright; the unfairly high VAT rate of e-books in comparison to paper books is a problem. The National Library deals with the issues of acquiring legal deposits and digital archiving. The libraries that are interested in lending e-books are considering whether to join ELLU, the newly completed reading environment of Tallinn Central Library or to start lending e-book readers like Tartu City Library. For that, the user possibilities offered by different e-book readers and the price-quality relationships have to be thoroughly studied.