Portico to preserve Cambridge University Press eBooks

eBook preservation has been a hot topic of late.  There have been several presentations at Charleston and Internet Librarian about eBook preservation.  Additionally, Amy Kirchhoff from Portico wrote a chapter on eBook preservation for the forthcoming No Shelf Required 2 title.   Today, Cambridge University Press announced they will make an annual contribution to support Portico’s eBook preservation service.  Here is more from the press release:

Portico is pleased to announce that Cambridge University Press will preserve its Cambridge Books Online content with Portico. Through this agreement, Cambridge extends its relationship with Portico, which began in 2006 with the publisher’s commitment to deposit its entire list of e-journals in the Portico archive.

“As more users turn to online access for books, a digital preservation strategy to ensure long-term access is absolutely vital,” stated Hannah Perrett, Strategic Development Director, Digital Publishing, Cambridge University Press. “Portico’s E-Book Preservation Service provides publishers and libraries with a collaborative solution that we can all get behind.”
Cambridge University Press is the publishing department of the University of Cambridge and is one of the largest academic publishers in the world. As part of the agreement, Cambridge University Press will make an annual contribution to Portico to support its E-Book Preservation Service.

The addition of titles from Cambridge Books Online brings the total number of e-books committed to the Portico archive to more than 123,000. Beginning in 2011, Portico expanded its preservation services offered to libraries with the introduction of separate e-book and e-journal services. These distinct services enable libraries to choose where to invest their preservation resources based on their collections, needs and budgets.

“Cambridge University Press has been an early leader in the publishing community with its commitment to digital preservation,” stated Kate Wittenberg, Portico Managing Director. “We are thrilled to extend our relationship with them.”

About Portico

Portico is a CRL TRAC-certified, community-supported digital preservation service for e-journals, e-books and d-collections. Portico is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that also includes JSTOR and Ithaka S+R. Please visit the Portico site for a complete list of Portico-related facts and figures.

About Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge. Dedicated to excellence, its purpose is to further the University’s objective of advancing knowledge, education, learning and research.

Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprise 36,000 titles covering academic research, professional development, over 280 research journals, school-level education, English language teaching and bible publishing.

Playing a leading role in today’s international market place, Cambridge University Press has over 50 offices around the globe, and it distributes its products to nearly every country in the world.

For further information, please go to: www.cambridge.org

About Cambridge Books Online

Cambridge Books Online offers access to thousands of front and backlist PDF titles from Cambridge University Press and other academic publishers in a fully searchable environment. The site includes dynamic content and features, with frequent addition of new titles. It also features comprehensive library support tools, including downloadable machine-readable cataloguing (MARC) records, usage reports plus access and authentication methods.

Functionality on the site includes hyperlinked references and personalization features, as well as enhanced discoverability tools. Two functionality upgrades take place every year, ensuring the site is consistently developing according to its users’ needs.

Libraries can acquire a wide range of subject-based collections or can choose to make an individually customized selection of titles from the 13,000 currently on offer for a one-off access fee.

Institutions in over 30 countries have purchased eBooks from Cambridge Books Online since its launch in 2010, and new customers are being added each week.

For further information about Cambridge Books Online, please go to http://ebooks.cambridge.org