Vol. 2 No. 2 (2011)
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E-books for Italian school, between Law Requirements and Publishers' Choices

Maria Vincelli
Università di Udine

Published 2011-11-06


  • E-book,
  • Editoria digitale,
  • Legislazione,
  • Scuole medie superiori

How to Cite

Vincelli, Maria. 2011. “E-Books for Italian School, Between Law Requirements and Publishers’ Choices”. JLIS.It 2 (2). https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-4755.


This paper offers an analysis of the Italian legislation about the transition from printed school-books to digital ones and, in turn, it presents an overview of the digital publishing offer of major media groups, by taking as case study the Latin textbooks for high-schools. The concept of digital book has been declined nowadays in two main forms: the first one is the so-called "on-line book", which are digital books (typically in PDF or ePub format) equivalent in structure and in the mode of use to classical printed books; the latter form integrates printed or digital books with a set of varied, and often incoherent, supplementary digital materials. The conclusion is that the current offer of digital publishing about school-books is a narrow interpretation of the Italian legislation, and thus it foresees the design of new paradigms that efficaciously merge the authoritativeness and cultural value of school-books with the advanced features and the new way of uses of digital media.


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