Federal Documents As E-books

We’ve had a number of inquiries from customers of our Ongoing GPO Database Service about records for e-books distributed by GPO. Basically, these are records for government documents titles for which there is now a format that can be read with an iPad or other electronic book reader. There are currently about 140 such titles, but the number is growing. Customers receive records for e-books only when they select the item number in the record.

These records are identified as e-books because they have an 856 $3 with either “mobi” or “epub”. Sometimes there is a 530 field with this same information.

Here is an example:

LDR   01187nam 22     i 450
001   gp 16052114
005   20140225095902.0
006   m     o d f
007   cr mn|
008   140225s2012   mdua   o   f000 0 eng c
009   032014
901   _a 16052114
037 40 _a http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo46289
035 0 _a ocn870997523
040   _a GPO _b eng _e rda _e pn _c GPO _d MvI
042   _a pcc
074   _a 0507-G-02 (online)
086 0 _a HE 20.3152:C 79/2/2012
245 00 _a Coping with advanced cancer : _b support for people with cancer / _c National Cancer Institute.
246 30 _a Support for people with cancer
264 1 _a [Bethesda, Md.] : _b National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, _c 2012.
300   _a 1 online resource (56 pages) : _b color illustrations.
336   _a text _2 rdacontent
337   _a computer _2 rdamedia
338   _a online resource _2 rdacarrier
490 1 _a NIH publication ; _v no. 12-0856
588   _a Description based on PDF version; title from title screen viewed Feb. 25, 2014).
500   _a “Reprinted January 2012.”
599   _a Internet
599   _a Ebook
650 0 _a Cancer _v Popular works.
650 0 _a Adjustment (Psychology)
710 2 _a National Cancer Institute (U.S.), _e issuing body.
830 0 _a NIH publication ; _v no. 12-0856.
856 40 _3 PDF, Mobi and epub versions _u http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo46289        

Customers of our MARCIVE WebDOCS can find these by searching “ebook” in the “Notes” or “Anyword” search from the Combined Search screen. We have created a 599 field with “Ebook” for this purpose.

If you want us to treat these records differently; e.g. put them in a separate file, or create a different holding code for them, please contact Jim Noël at [email protected]. There is a one-time charge for this option.