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.
I received an email from Christina Emery, the Project Coordinator of Knowledge Unlatched, today with very exciting news. She was very pleased to announce that KU has reached (and exceeded) the target of 200 libraries sharing the unlatching costs for the Pilot. They continue to invite more libraries to participate so that the cost per library is reduced.
You can review the list of participating institutions here: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/signup-list/ They currently have sign ups from 19 countries in 4 continents. KU is continuing to encourage the global library community to support the KU Open Access initiative by signing up so that they can gain Charter Member status as well as reduce the cost for each library even further. Libraries only have one week left to join the KU Pilot Collection; the deadline is 28 February 2014: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/register/ Continue reading
“Open Access is Part of Our Core Business”
De Gruyter Open: A New Imprint for a Growing Portfolio
Berlin, 23 January 2014 – Open Access (OA) is an important and growing aspect of De Gruyter’s publishing activities, impacting all subject areas. De Gruyter is therefore consolidating all OA publications under a new imprint: De Gruyter Open. The publisher Versita, which was acquired by De Gruyter in 2012, will be fully subsumed under the new imprint. Continue reading
Ingram Content Group announced two new partnerships for eBooks on their OASIS platform. The first is with ProQuests’s EBL. More than 400,000 EBL eBook titles will be available through Ingram’s OASIS. The second is with EBSCO. Print titles have been part of the OASIS platform for EBSCO eBooks but now customers can add eBook content to their orders. Full press releases for both items are below. Continue reading
Last month, Unglue.it announced their new program, Buy-to-Unglue, AKA “A bookstore for books that want to be free.” Their first title is now available. Details are below from an Unglue.it email.
The first Buy-to-Unglue eBook is here, and it’s a good one.
Lagos_2060 is a collection of science fiction stories that imagine what the city of Lagos will be like in the year 2060, 100 years after independence. Amanda has a review on our blog. Continue reading
Below is a press release about a partnership between OdiloTID, USA and the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado). If you have heard about the Douglas County Model regarding ebooks, this partnership sets some of the groundwork for other libraries to expand upon the same model. For some background information on the players and the grant mentioned, see these posts:
OdiloTID enables libraries to directly negotiate with publishers for ebooks
Douglas County and CLiC receive LSTA grant to expand eVoke...
Trailblazers: Moving the Library Upstream in the Digital Distribution Process
OdiloConsortia™ to Power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot Project
OdiloTID, USA is delighted to announce that OdiloConsortia, the Odilo eBook Platform for eBook purchasing, management and lending, will power the Colorado Statewide eBook Pilot project (eVokeColorado) funded by a recent LSTA/IMLS grant.
Beginning in October, pilot libraries throughout the state of Colorado will offer eBooks to their communities via different channels for eBook lending. The model apart from big publishers will incorporate library-created content, as well as content from midlist publishers, emerging small, independent and self-publishers. It also integrates eBook titles from large distributors, such as OverDrive and 3M. Continue reading
Knowledge Unlatched and Portico have entered into an agreement to preserve Knowledge Unlatched’s Pilot Collection of Open Access e-books in the Portico Archive.
“We want to ensure libraries that this content will be available to researchers and students for the long term,” stated Frances Pinter, executive director, Knowledge Unlatched. “To that end, we are delighted to offer preservation of these books in Portico.”
The Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection includes 28 new books from 13 recognized scholarly publishers: Amsterdam University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Brill, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Duke University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Liverpool University Press, Manchester University Press, Purdue University Press, Rutgers University Press, Temple University Press, and University of Michigan Press. Continue reading
A colleague of mine is the presenter for this upcoming SPARC webinar:
Open Access Developments in Latin America with Nicholas Cop
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
12:00 – 1:00PM EDT use helpful time converter
Registration is free, but required. Please RSVP
by January 10th.
This webcast requires both a phone dial-in and an Internet connection.
Open Access Week events showcased the many ways people across the globe informed staff, faculty, and students to the benefits of Open Access. While there have been many advancements made here in the U.S. and the U.K., developing countries have utilized new publishing models to capitalize on opening up research results and data. Latin America, in particular has seen unprecedented surge in advocacy for public access –Argentina now has legislation that requires all publicly funded research be available in open access interoperable institutional repositories. Continue reading
Unglue.it posted on their blog today about a new direction – a bookstore for books that want to be free. Here is the full blog post:
Soon, we’ll be launching a new phase of Unglue.it.
How do we describe what we’re doing? When we did the first implementation of “Buy-To-Unglue” (as a test, not a launch) I told a lot of people about it, but it wasn’t so easy to explain. Unglue.it would be sort of a Crowdfunding site, sort of a bookstore, sort of a library distributor. My explanation was too much “how” and not enough “why”. Finally, I hit upon a simple description of our vision for the site: “A Bookstore for Books that Want to be Free”. Continue reading
Last week at the Charleston Conference, Matt Dunie, President of Data-Planet, presented with colleagues Carl Grant and Mike Gruenberg in a session entitled, “Secrets in Vendor Negotiations.” In preparation for this event, Matt sent a short survey (11 questions) to librarians to inquire about their preparations before vendor negotiations.
Highlights of the survey:
- 239 respondents to the survey, 95% of whom identified as academic librarians.
- 67% work with 25-50+ vendors
- 85% of respondents are part of a decision making committee, recommendation team or have some influence on the decision and are NOT the sole decision maker at their organization
- 91% do NOT have a document negotiation process for the acquisition of products and services Continue reading