Category Archives: Collection Development

Open Access eBooks, Part Two – SciELO Books

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day.  The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections.   If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

I first learned about SciELO Books (Scientific Electronic Library Online) when I traveled to Brazil last month for the SNBU Conference.  This open ebook collection was just launched in March of 2012.  It is based on the successful SciELO open access journal collection.  The website is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

From the website:  “The SciELO Books Portal publishes national and thematic collections of academic books online with the objective of maximizing the visibility, accessibility, use and impact of the research results, essays and studies that are published in them. The books published by SciELO Books are selected by a scientific committee following a peer review process. The digital versions of the books are formatted according to international standards that allow for access and citation controls, and that permit the books to be read on the widest possible variety of ebook readers, tablets, smartphones and internet browsers. Apart from the SciELO Books Portal itself, the books can be found via search engines. They will also become available through other international distribution channels.” Continue reading

Open Access eBooks: Part One, the OAPEN

To honor open access week, I’ll be highlighting a different open access eBook platform each day.  The purpose is to create awareness of various open access ebook collections.   If you have collections to suggest, please let me know.

 

The OAPEN
OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The OAPEN Library aims to improve the visibility and usability of high quality academic research by aggregating peer reviewed Open Access publications from across Europe.

Titles are available in English, German, French, Italian, Latin, and other languages.  The peer reviewed titles are submitted by a variety of publishers, including Taylor & Francis, Palgrave, Brill, Berg and a long list of university presses, including Hong Kong, Manchester, Firenze, Amsterdam, and Universitätsverlag Göttingen.   According to the OAPEN September newsletter, they had over 400,000 downloads in the past 12 months. Continue reading

DeGruyter White Paper on Patron Driven Acquisition

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

OverDrive adds over 40,000 new titles this month

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

Douglas County Libraries monthly eBook price comparison

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

Baker & Taylor extends FirstLook to digital content

From a Baker & Taylor Press Release:

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

Amazon forces Unglue.it to Suspend Crowdfunding for Creative Commons eBooks

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.
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Smashwords announces Library Direct

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

ALA Program Summary: E-Elephant in the Room

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 06232012Library Journal and ALA both had summary articles of the program as well. Continue reading