Category Archives: Business Models/Pricing

Unglue.it 2.0, “Buy to Unglue”

Unglue.it is now testing the next phase of their program, 2.0.  The new “Buy to Unglue” campaigns use the ebook as an instant reward for supporting a campaign. They built a free ebook lending platform for libraries so that library users can buy ebooks for their library. A blog post at Unglue.it highlights the details of the program.

Details of the program from an Unglue.it email:

To showcase the work we’ve done, we’ve launched a “buy to unglue” campaign for a public domain ebook, Edwin Abbott Abbott’s Flatland You can buy an ebook and see the ungluing date change. You can join our test library, and ask to borrow a book. Once you’ve joined a library, you can buy ebooks you can share with the library. We’d love to see every ebook store work like that.

Now that we can show everyone how “buy to unglue” is going to work, we want to talk with publishers, authors, and libraries that feel ready to take the next step into the ebook future. eMail to support@gluejar.com if you’re interested in participating.

ProQuest automates ebrary and EBL holdings into Summon and 360 services

Earlier this week, ProQuest announced a partnership with OCLC to automate ebook collection management.  Today, they expand that announcement to include Summon and 360.  The project is currently in beta testing.  More from the press release below:

ANN ARBOR, MI — November 7, 2013 — ProQuest is streamlining librarian workflows by automating holdings updates for its ebooks businesses, ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library in the knowledgebase supporting the Summon® service as well as its 360 discovery and management services. The process, which is currently in beta testing, eliminates the need for librarians to manually load records and set holdings. Data that supports Demand-Driven Acquisition models will be automatically updated, making it simple for libraries to improve “just in time” collection development strategies. Continue reading

OCLC and ProQuest partner to automate eBook collection management

With this new service, libraries can request that ebrary and EBL provide OCLC with holdings data for purchased collections and DDA repositories.  See the complete press release below.

DUBLIN, Ohio and Ann Arbor, Mich., November 4, 2013—A new collaboration between OCLC and ProQuest automates the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL – Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogs and offers current links to library users for easy access to those titles. The initiative builds on OCLC’s work with ProQuest’s e-book businesses to support Demand-driven Acquisition (DDA) workflow and e-book access. Continue reading

Gale announces new Usage-Driven Acquisition model for GVRL

Earlier today Gale/Cengage announced a new business model for the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL).  The model is “Usage-Driven Acquisition” (UDA) and is based on evidence-based decisions – you only buy what you use.  The press release states, “Unlike options currently offered by other e-book providers, this new purchase model will allow libraries to purchase e-books based on actual usage, allowing libraries to perform evidence-based collection development.”

The model works like this:

1. DEPOSIT. Deposit your funds with Gale.
2. ACCESS. Post a link and widget for GVRL to your website.
3. USE. We’ll pull your usage and let you know which titles were used most.
4. OWN. Your funds will be applied to the titles used most.

I spoke with Nader Qaimari, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Gale/Cengage about the new model.  Below is an excerpt of our Q and A. Continue reading

Knowledge Unlatched announces pilot collection, libraries needed!

I am extremely excited to hear the news about the launch of the Knowledge Unlatched pilot collection.  I first heard about the project in 2010 when Frances Pinter, who developed the idea, presented at the Tools of Change conference.  Frances and I discussed the project back in 2010 in one of the NSR interviews and I’ve been following the development of the project since.  It’s really great to see this open access monograph pilot become a reality.  Congratulations Frances and everyone at KU.

Librarians – please support this initiative for open access monographs by signing up today!  Here are the details:

  • The Pilot is the first step in creating a sustainable route to Open Access for a large numbers of scholarly books.
  • If at least 200 libraries from around the world sign up for the collection by 31 January 2014, 28 new Humanities and Social Sciences books will be made free for anyone in the world to read on an Open Access basis.
  • The Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection includes 28 new books from 13 recognised 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.
  • The collection can be viewed at: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/collection-participate-1/
  • Knowledge Unlatched is inviting libraries to pledge a capped maximum of US$1,680 to ‘unlatch’ the collection. This works out to an average of US$60 for each book.
  • Libraries can pledge their interest at: http://collections.knowledgeunlatched.org/
  • Pledging will remain open until 31 January 2014.

Much more information is available on the Knowledge Unlatched website.

WorldCat adds new international content to knowledge base

DUBLIN, Ohio, October 10, 2013—OCLC has finalized agreements with international content providers to add more electronic collections to the WorldCat database, the most comprehensive online catalog of resources available through libraries worldwide.

Incorporating these databases into WorldCat and the WorldCat knowledge base will improve access to these collections and simplify administration for libraries that use OCLC WorldShare Metadata services. These agreements will also reduce the cost and time spent managing updates to these online collections for libraries that have registered with the knowledge base, and will provide immediate access for libraries that subscribe or want to purchase these collections. The value for libraries is that multiple applications will be able to access the metadata to simplify workflows for managing electronic materials.

The following new publisher agreements have been signed since June 2013. These collections will be added to WorldCat over the next few months. Continue reading

Create custom books with De Gruyter Select

De Gruyter has launched a new service called De Gruyter Select.  It’s PDA and POD wrapped into one, allowing users to create a custom print book with De Gruyter book chapters, newspaper articles, and database content (anything with a “chunk price” in De Gruyter Online).  The press release, below, mentions printing and delivering the book in a few days.  The FAQ adds additional information, including this statement, “you will not gain online access to content if you have only selected it for printing.”  So, it appears users can purchase content to add to their printed De Gruyter Select book that was not available to them online.  Here is more information from the press release:

Berlin, 16 September 2013 – “De Gruyter Select” is a new service that lets customers select and assemble content from various types of publications to create their own custom book, which is then printed and delivered within a few short days. Continue reading

ALA’s eCourse on eBooks: Lessons Learned

ALA’s new eCourse on ebooks starts September 2nd. Well, it’s not exactly new. I taught this four-week course last March and have accepted ALA’s invitation to teach it again this September. On the other hand, it’s not exactly the same class either, since much has changed since I developed the original syllabus in early 2013 — so much, in fact, that the new list of required readings is quite different from the original. While this class still requires no prior knowledge of ebooks and we will again be going over the basics (e.g., formats, reading devices, dominant brands, DRM, purchasing options, etc.), we will also take a closer look at the trends that are currently driving our conversations at conferences and in various online communities. Continue reading

Brill Open now includes eBooks

Brill announced on August 19th that it is extending its open access model to include books.  Titles will be made freely accessible on the Brill platform under a creative commons license.  Here is more from the press release:

Brill extends Brill Open, its Open Access model, to include books.

As a major publisher in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Biology and International Law, Brill is committed to enhancing access to academic content in any sustainable way. Since its academic book publications are a cornerstone of the program, it is extending Brill Open to include monographs and edited volumes.

Brill Open offers authors the choice to make their research freely accessible online in exchange for a Publication Charge. Brill Open is made available to authors only upon acceptance of their manuscript for publication. This requires a positive outcome of the peer review process and Brill’s editorial decision making. Titles published in Brill Open undergo the same rigorous peer review and uphold the same high-quality publication standards that Brill is known for. Brill Open is a sustainable, high-quality and accessible mode of publication. Continue reading

SciELO launches blog to discuss open access and scholarly communication issues

SciELO, the Scientific Electronic Library Online, has launched a new blog, SciELO in Perspective.  The blog, available in 3 languages – Spanish, Portuguese, and English – aims to share information and knowledge oriented to the development of scientific communication.  The posts contain interviews, news, and analysis from an editorial team of nine.  SciELO has maintained an open access eBook collection since March of 2012.

From the blog:

The aim of SciELO in Perspective blog is to share information and knowledge oriented to the development of scientific communication, in particular, of the SciELO journals, SciELO national collections and the SciELO Program and Network. It also promotes the open access movement to scientific knowledge. The prospect is that the blog become a reference vehicle to the community related to SciELO and to the communication and evaluation of scientific research. Continue reading