eBooks and Audiobooks on EBSCOhost launched this week. Hopefully you have all received the new url for access to your collections. I gave my eBook collection a test spin this morning and it worked well. The interface is very intuitive, particularly for those who are EBSCOhost users. The same features apply. Search results are returned at the book level, but the most relevant pages from the book are displayed and hyperlinked in the detailed record. Searching within a book title is an option. Users can print/email up to 60 pages. Emailing a citation provides a persistent link to the book. Downloading titles for offline reading is an option as well, but the library must have the Adobe Content Server in place via EBSCO (for a nominal fee) in order to offer the service. Users can create a MyEBSCO account to save their preferences, search histories, create RSS feeds, and more.
Here is more information about the launch and future business models from an EBSCO press release: EBSCO Publishing’s (EBSCO) extensive collection of more than 300,000 eBook and audiobook titles (formerly from NetLibrary®) are now integrated on EBSCOhost®. EBSCOhost now provides content from the most in-demand publishers available via new acquisition models including expanded ownership plans to serve the unique needs of libraries and their patrons. EBSCO is also paving the way for new models such as short-term leases, subscription models and expanded Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) which will be introduced within the next few months. Continue reading