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
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
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
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
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
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
Below is a bit of detail on two publishers that will work with De Gruyter’s new PDA model. If you haven’t read about the new PDA model from De Gruyter, take a look at the white paper.
Press release from De Gruyter: Berlin, 28 November 2012 – The idea behind Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) is simple: to offer users access to all digital content, but only charge for actual use. Beginning in 2013, two of De Gruyter’s publishing partners – Harvard University Press, and Böhlau Publishers – will offer their content globally through De Gruyter Online as part of the PDA distribution model. By participating in PDA distribution, these publishing houses will be able to provide customers with access to a greatly expanded range of academic content. The partnerships will particularly enlarge the range of publications available in the field of history. Continue reading
Joseph Esposito has been studying the patron driven acquisition business model with university presses for the last year. He blogs about it regularly at the Scholarly Kitchen. Today, the final report has been released and is available online. He has a nice summary of the study in a blog post as well.
DeGruyter has released a white paper titled, Patron Driven Acquisition: A Model for Providing Complete Access to Electronic Content While Limiting Costs For Libraries. It discusses a new business model for electronic content – books, journals, and databases.
DeGruyter White Paper
Below are a couple of snips from the white paper:
“Based upon feedback from its Library Advisory Board, De Gruyter decided to offer its customers a purchase model for digital content that was independent of a single format.
Yet rather than design the new sales model around a conference table, De Gruyter wanted to base the model on empirical data and develop it in active dialogue with customers. In
mid-2011, De Gruyter contracted with three institutions to conduct a PDA trial.” Continue reading
From an ebrary press release:
April 16, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – Publishers that distribute e-books to libraries under subscription in addition to other models will receive the greatest value, according to ebrary®, a ProQuest business. ebrary today announced that Wiley along with over 50 newly signed publishers such as American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Leuven University Press, and University of Illinois Press will distribute e-books in Academic Complete™ as well as other models including perpetual archive, patron driven acquisition, and short-term loan. Academic Complete subscribers will soon benefit from a growing selection of more than 75,000 quality e-books – including 1,800 new titles from Wiley – from over 500 participating publishers.