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Electronic Publishing

Guide to Best Practices for Canadian Publishers

version 1.0

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Welcome to the National Library of Canada's Best Practices Manual for online publishing.

In Canada as elsewhere, the nascent field of electronic publishing is confusing and fraught with unanswered questions. What sort of electronic texts are publishers producing? What formats and protocols are they using? Where and how are they distributing their electronic publications once they have created them? What is the market for electronic publications? Are electronic documents being 'deposited' with NLC as traditional print publications have been?

The purpose of this document is to provide publishers with an introduction to the pros and cons of various approaches to electronic publishing. Through the use of hyperlinks, it highlights examples of some of the most creative and efficient uses of new media technology for publishing, and points to sites maintained by organizations that provide resources for online publishers.

As a 'living' electronic document, this manual will respond to the issue of constant change in the field of electronic publishing through regular adaptation and iteration. NLC welcomes your input; if you have specific suggestions for this document, or would like to inform NLC of your own electronic publishing practices, you can contact the Library's staff.

PART ONE: Surveying the Universe of Electronic Publishing

PART TWO: Entering the Universe of Electronic Publishing

PART THREE: The NLC and Electronic Publications