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.
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 OverDrive Press Release:
Cleveland – September 13 – This month, millions of students and library patrons are returning to school and work, powering a new surge in eBook reading. To help libraries and schools meet this demand, OverDrive—the leading distributor of eBooks and other digital media to 19,000 libraries and schools worldwide—has set live more than 40,000 newly available eBook and audiobook titles in the past month. New publisher partnerships have helped OverDrive add thousands of popular and niche titles to its industry-leading catalog, which currently holds more than 800,000 in-copyright titles.
To add titles to OverDrive-powered library and school collections, selectors can visit www.contentreserve.com, where they’ll find pre-selected lists and other useful collection development tools. Many of these titles are available for less than $10, with many others under $20. Continue reading
Jamie LaRue, Director of the Douglas County Libraries, sent this information to me about a new monthly price comparison of eBooks. In addition to its appearance in American Libraries, it will be available at both the American Libraries e-Content blog (americanlibrariesmagazine.org/e-content) and at evoke.cvlsites.org.
In the past months, the prices of ebooks for libraries—and in particular, some large price increases—have received considerable attention. But these discussions typically occur in the abstract. I decided that a focus on actual prices would greatly illuminate the challenges that libraries face.
Thus, Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries compiled a new monthly price comparison report (PDF file). In addition to the American Libraries E-Content blog, this report also will be available at evoke.cvlsites.org. Continue reading
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – August 28, 2012 – Baker & Taylor Inc., the world’s largest distributor of digital and physical books, announced today that it is extending its popular FirstLook title notification service to include digital content. The first in a series of feature enhancements for libraries using Axis 360 that will be released over the coming months, FirstLook Digital enables librarians to identify and purchase important new digital and printed materials at the same time in one seamlessly integrated workflow.
Leveraging the Title Source 3 collection development tool suite, FirstLook Digital provides libraries with valuable and timely information on new titles that merit consideration for their collections. Libraries can customize FirstLook Digital to their interests and reduce the time they spend on manual searches. The FirstLook Digital service is free to Axis 360 customers. Continue reading
From an Unglue.it press release, very disappointing news. I have no doubt that Eric and his team will find an alternative solution very soon.
“Amazon Payments has informed us that they will no longer process pledge payments for Unglue.it, forcing us to suspend all active ungluing campaigns.” announced Eric Hellman, President of Gluejar, Inc., the company behind crowdfunding site Unglue.it. According to a Senior Account Manager at Amazon, Amazon has decided against “boarding fresh crowdfunding accounts at this time”. Amazon has been providing payment services for Unglue.it, as it does for the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter.
Smashwords today announced Library Direct, a new service that allows libraries and library networks to acquire and establish large opening collections of ebooks, direct from Smashwords.
Library Direct is available to libraries that host and manage their own ebook checkout systems, typically using Adobe Content Server, and that are capable of acquiring a large opening collection.
We have already received purchase commitments from three library systems, each of which will acquire some variation of our top 10,000 best-selling titles. The purchase commitments approach $100,000 in total. Continue reading
On Saturday, June 23, 2012 at the ALA conference, several hundred librarians gathered for an interesting discussion on eBook collection development practices. This ALA Program was a panel discussion featuing eBook collection development practices from both academic and public libraries. It was organized by Serin Anderson and Christopher Platt. Heather McCormack from Library Journal moderated the discussion. A summary of the program and presenter contents is below. The slides from all 4 panelists are available here: eBook elephant 06232012. Library Journal and ALA both had summary articles of the program as well. Continue reading
News Release, June 21, 2012
Ingram adds Lerner Interactive Books™ to ipage®
As more libraries look to expand e-book offerings to patrons, publishers like Lerner Publishing Group are choosing Ingram Content Group to supply e-books via Ingram’s ipage® search and order platform.
Public libraries will now have access to more than 200 interactive children’s books from Lerner Digital™ through Ingram. Ordering through ipage allows libraries to select and purchase content on a title-by-title basis. Continue reading