ebrary now offering eBook downloads

Great news from ebrary about the ability to download eBook content to devices.  ebrary conducted a study early this year about downloading capabilities.  The results of this study discovered that 92% of libraries found offline access to be more or equally important to online access.  Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing discussed the survey results during an interview in June.  Here’s more from the ebrary press release about the new download functionality:

To further provide researchers with access to authoritative information whenever and wherever they need it, ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced the ability to download e-books onto multiple devices including the Kindle, iPad, iPhone, laptops and other devices.  Additionally, the company announced a dedicated mobile application is in development and slated to ship later this year.

“ebrary is happy to announce that we have added downloading capabilities to our products, at no additional cost to academic, corporate, school, or government libraries,” said Kevin Sayar, President and General Manager of ebrary.  “Libraries can now acquire the e-books their patrons need, under a model that meets their individual budget requirements including subscription, perpetual archive, and patron driven acquisition, with both online and offline access.”

The growing demand for downloading has been substantiated by a recent ebrary survey of more than 1,000 librarians, which indicated 92% found providing offline access to e-books more or equally important than providing online access.

“The ability to keep pace with the ever-evolving ways that patrons expect to find and use authoritative information is clearly important to the library and publishing community,” said Dr. Allen McKiel, Dean of Library Services at Western Oregon University, who will be presenting results of ebrary’s Download Survey at the Charleston Conference, 11:15am on Saturday, November 5 in the Francis Marion, Carolina Ballroom.  “It is most helpful that ebrary not only uses these surveys to inform the development of its technology, but also shares them to facilitate dialog on the ongoing implications for libraries and publishers.”

Additional key findings from ebrary’s Download Survey of librarians include the following:

  • 32% responded that their libraries currently provide offline reading options
  • 19% stated that their libraries provided tethered access (not downloaded) to mobile devices
  • 95% did not think that tethered mobile access obviated the need for offline mobile access
  • Searching within a title, selecting page font, and navigating the table of content ranked the highest for desired functionality for offline mobile access

Anyone may register to receive a complimentary copy of the download survey and McKiel’s paper at http://www.tfaforms.com/222151.

2 thoughts on “ebrary now offering eBook downloads”

  1. This claim to be able to download to Kindle is nonsense and I feel misled. I told my patrons about this and then suffered minor humiliation as a I then received a number of mails and tweets telling me that this was no more than a little bit of the book and not all. I’ve checked this out and they’re right. It is a DRM free print to pdf and then read it on a Kindle. That is not downloading a book to a Kindle. I have never really got angry with a vendor before but this is misleading at best. It is an unsubstantiated claim. Stop it ebrary.

  2. Nigel,
    I don’t think the download feature is fully functional yet. I tried mine last evening and it wasn’t loaded. When I looked closer at the support documentation on the ebrary site it said that only some libraries were running and others would be added very soon. The PR doesn’t indicate this unfortunately. Sue

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