Super cool! Duke University Press has just released their scholarly eBook collection. The collection includes over 100 titles and is run on the ebrary platform. If you are not familiar with ebrary, they are an eBook aggregator and offer institutions the opportunity to load their own material into the ebrary platform. Clearly, Duke University Press has taken advantage of this option, which is the first I’ve seen. The Duke content is not part of other ebrary collections, but can be cross searched with titles libraries already own in ebrary.
Those who purchase the eBooks can also get access to 900 backlist titles, depending on which years they purchased the print. And, for an extra $500.00 libraries will receive the cloth editions of all titles from a given year.
Duke was actually bold enough to post their pricing – way to go Duke! And, it’s incredibly reasonable. For the 100 title collection, prices range from $500 to $6000 depending on a library’s Carnegie classification. So, if my math is right (which usually isn’t), that’s 100 titles for $5.00 each up to $60.00 each. No, that’s not a typo, I didn’t misplace the decimal point! I’d like to see those kind of prices for all my eBooks 😉
University Presses, jump on the ebrary wagon. This is awesome. Hey ebrary, will you work with independent publishers too? If so, Kevin Sayer, then you’re truly a rock star!