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
News from DeGruyter on a recent acquisition of Versita, an open access publisher. More from the press release:
Berlin, January 9, 2012
De Gruyter, the Berlin-based academic publishing company, is acquiring the publisher Versita. As a service provider to academic organizations and bodies, Versita publishes over 230 journals on Open Access basis, i.e. outside the traditional subscription model. With this acquisition De Gruyter is substantially increasing its presence in an important future market of academic publishing. The complete staff of Versita is being retained in this take-over. Continue reading
DeGruyter and Harvard University Press just announced a new collaboration. DeGruyter will serve as a sales partner for HUP’s eBook collection, both front and backlist. The titles will be available on DeGruyter’s recently released interface which integrates book, journal, and databank content. More information on the announcement is in the press release at the bottom of this post. I was able to ask Sven Fund, CEO of DeGruyter, additional questions about the collaboration, to which he responded:
How did this partnership with Harvard come about?
De Gruyter is in regular communication with partners in the industry, of course also with university presses. Talking to Harvard University Press was a great opportunity for us to develop our idea of a cooperation with a premium partner, and we are pleased that it materialized in this way. Continue reading
Earlier this week I had a chance to interview David Swords, VP of Sales and Marketing for EBL. David is also the Editor of a new DeGruyter/Saur title, Patron Driven Acquistions: History and Best Practices. In the interview David discusses the content of the book and inserts specific examples of PDA programs in libraries today. Nearly 40 other interviews are available on the NSR interviews page.
Here is some additional information for Patron Driven Acquistions: History and Best Practices
- PDA is now practical largely due to the spread of the eBook
- PDA allows enormous savings for libraries (p.e. a cost of $ 32,000 allows access to the equivalent of $ 3,700,000 in monographs)
- The first book-length analysis of PDA: a must for virtually every academic library Continue reading