Category Archives: Business Models/Pricing

Library eBook updates from the ALA conference

I attended the American Library Association Conference in late June and was able to speak with a variety of ebook vendors about updates to interfaces, products, and services.  Below is a list of vendors with highlights for each.  I didn’t make it to every vendor, so if I have left someone off the list or you have information to add, please contact me. Continue reading

Knowledge Unlatched wins IFLA/Brill Open Access Award

Knowledge Unlatched is the 2014 winner of the IFLA/Brill Open Access Award. 

The IFLA/Brill Open Access Award was created in 2013 for initiatives in the area of open access monograph publishing. This year the jury voted unanimously for Knowledge Unlatched, recognising it as the most outstanding and game-changing initiative in the field.

The jury of the IFLA/Brill award were “deeply impressed with the simplicity and elegance of the original concept, with the daring scope of the project, bringing together libraries, publishers and other organisations from around the world, and with the highly successful outcome of the pilot phase that tested the concept.”

The full award announcement is available here.

Princeton University Press partners with De Gruyter for distribution

I received news from De Gruyter about a new partnership with Princeton University Press.  The official announcement will be released tomorrow, but I was able to speak with Sven Fund, Managing Director, De Gruyter, for more information about this partnership.  The official press release is below.

Is this partnership with Princeton University Press exclusive?

This agreement is non-exclusive. Princeton UP will work with other distributors as well. We are confident that both our business models and our user friendly policy including price parity with print editions, unlimited simultaneous users and perpetual access are compelling to library customers. Continue reading

Oxford Scholarship Online announces title by title purchasing and more release dates

Glad to see this news from Oxford University Press about a new title by title purchasing model for OSO.  New titles will also be released more frequently, another great bonus.   Here’s the official press release:

Oxford University Press is pleased to announce two significant enhancements to Oxford Scholarship Online. Effective immediately, all books can now be purchased individually, on a title by title basis, by institutions worldwide. Secondly, vastly improving the speed to market of the digital version, we are now releasing new titles on the platform 10 months a year, up from 3 times a year. Continue reading

Knowledge Unlatched pilot project report available

Knowledge Unlatched released a pilot progress report summary today.  It is available for download.  Some highlights of the report are listed below.

1.  The model is cost-effective and financially viable:

“The Pilot established that authors, librarians, publishers and research funders are all willing to engage with the basic KU model. It also demonstrated that the model is cost-effective for scholarly communities and financially viable for publishers. 297 libraries from 24 countries signed up for the Pilot Collection, exceeding the original target by almost 50%. This reduced the cost for every library Continue reading

Books at JSTOR titles now available via GOBI

Just received an email from Valerie Yaw at JSTOR with great news for libraries using GOBI.  You can now purchase JSTOR ebooks through GOBI.  Valerie said that both a single-user model and unlimited-user model (available for 60% of titles) are available through GOBI.  The unlimited-user model offers unlimited simultaneous use, unlimited DRM-free chapter downloads, and unlimited printing and copy/paste.  Libraries will need to sign JSTOR’s participation agreement for Books, available on their website here: http://about.jstor.org/agreements-riders.  They offer tiered savings to libraries, and once they have an agreement on file, the library will see pricing in GOBI that reflects their savings level.  Continue reading

17 Knowledge Unlatched titles now available

I received an email from Lucy Montgomery, Deputy Directory of Knowledge Unlatched.  She provided an update on the progress of unlatching the first collection of open access books.  Here are the highlights of her message:

  • We have now begun the process of making the Pilot Collection available, discoverable and accessible on a Creative Commons license via OAPEN, HathiTrust and the British Library.
  • PDFs of 17 books have already become available via the OAPEN digital library and we are loading content onto the HathiTrust and British Library systems.
  • We have added a new page to our website which provides access KU titles. This page also makes it possible to follow the progress of each book in the Pilot Collection as it becomes available: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/collection-availability-1/
  • We are working with OCLC and others to ensure the quality of the MARC records being provided to us by publishers. Records will be made available as a download file in MARCXML format from the KU Collections website. As more titles are uploaded onto the system this file will be updated. Participating libraries will be notified and sent a link to the records via email.  We anticipate that the first set of records will be available by 31 March.

Nearly 300 libraries in 24 countries pledge support for Knowledge Unlatched

10 March 2014 –

KU is pleased to announce that its Pilot Collection of 28 new books from 13 recognised scholarly publishers will become Open Access. The Knowledge Unlatched (KU) Pilot Collection is the first step in creating a sustainable route to Open Access for Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) books. Support from a minimum of 200 libraries willing to participate in the KU Pilot was required in order to achieve this goal. This target was exceeded by almost half, with close to 300 libraries from 24 countries joining KU in support of its shared cost approach to Open Access for specialist scholarly books. Continue reading

Total Boox, pay per page ebook service, an interview with Yoav Lorch and Udi Arad

Total Boox is an ebook service for libraries. It gives library patrons access to thousands of ebooks in a wide range of categories, which can be downloaded to Android or iOs tablets. The reading is metered, with the library paying for pages read by their patrons.  Multiple patrons are able to download ebooks simultaneously.  Pages cost a proportion of the price of each book. If your patron reads ten percent of a book, your library only pays ten percent of the book’s full price. But your library never pays for the download itself—only for what the patron reads within each book.

Sound intriguing?  Hear more about Total Boox, the model, partnerships with libraries, and plans for the future in this interview with Yoav Lorch, Founder and CEO and Udi Arad, Chairman and Head of Business Development for Total Boox.   A previous NSR post with links to articles and press releases about Total Boox partnerships with libraries is also available.

Based in Israel, but selling in the United States, the platform comprises well over 20,000 titles from established publishers and is growing rapidly, with new titles added each week.  Most of the current content is English language, with about 500 titles in German.