June 26, 2014 (Mountain View, CA.)– ProQuest continues to innovate the use of ebooks in research, launching a beta version of its new ebook reader, developed with extensive user input and debuting on the ebrary® platform. The ebrary Reader delivers a modern experience, with a simple interface, intuitive navigation and user-centered design. The Reader represents the best-in-class user experience being developed for the integrated platform that will unite ProQuest’s businesses ebrary and Ebook Library — EBL. Continue reading
June 16, 2014 – Mountain View, CA –ProQuest has added more than 1,650 ebook titles from renowned publishers Wiley and Wolters Kluwer Health to Academic Complete®, the flagship ebook database from ebrary®. The new content will improve research outcomes, while a new enhancement for the database – the popular LibraryThing for Libraries™ Book Display Widget — will enable libraries to easily display the titles visually for better discoverability and usage. Continue reading
Great ebook discovery news for users of Summon. Now both ebrary and EBL full text content are indexed in the Summon. I’m amazed at the use stats on my ebook collections that are indexed in discovery tools. This should be a big boost for EBL title use. More below from the press release.
May 6, 2014 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — ProQuest is boosting the visibility of ebooks in library collections by indexing the full text of the entire catalog of EBL – Ebook Library in its Summon® discovery service. EBL’s expansive catalog of more than 400,000 ebooks is now even more discoverable alongside titles from ebrary, which have been full-text indexed in the Summon service since 2012. The work to broaden discovery and accessibility of ebooks is occurring simultaneously with another major project: the integration of EBL and ebrary into a single ebook solution. Continue reading
Just received this press release from ProQuest. I’m really excited to see this new platform and take it for a spin. It sounds like it contains what I feel is one of the key components of ebook purchasing – flexibility.
March 6, 2014 (Melbourne, AU) — EBL – Ebook Library, a ProQuest business, has reinvented its LibCentral administrative and acquisitions module, enabling libraries to tailor their ebook experience to fit their own and their users’ unique needs. The new LibCentral helps libraries streamline workflows making discovery, selection, acquisition, and management of ebooks simple. With sophisticated tools, it provides the library granular access and permission settings along with insight into overall collection and Demand-driven Acquisition usage. Created through collaboration with customers, LibCentral is a substantial step in the integration of ProQuest’s ebook businesses EBL and ebrary, and will become the base of the combined ebook platform. 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
Last January, ProQuest announced plans to acquire EBL and merge the service with ebrary. Kari Paulson and Kevin Sayer spoke with me right after the announcement about the acquisition and plans for integrating the two platforms. In May of 2013, the process was complete. Since that time, staff at ProQuest have been very busy with the integration of the platforms. Kathy Masnik, Vice President of product management for ebooks at ProQuest, is leading the charge for integration. It’s a monumental task, but Kathy took a break from her Gantt chart to tell me about the process in an interview. We discussed how Kathy and her team are approaching the integration, how librarians, publishers, and end users and involved, and some of the short term changes happening with the EBL interface.
50+ other interviews with librarians, publishers, and information industry professionals are also available on the NSR interviews page.
Last January ProQuest announced a definitive agreement to acquire EBL. Today, they are announcing that the acquisition of EBL has been completed. The details from the press release are below. You may also be interested in listening to an interview I conducted with two of the primary individuals involved in this acquisition, Kari Paulson, formerly President of EBL and now Vice President and General Manager of the combined ebrary and EBL e-book business unit, and Kevin Sayar, Senior Vice President of ProQuest. Kari and Kevin discussed with me, back in January, how the acquisition plans developed, what customers can expect in the next 18 months, and how customers can relay feedback to both companies. It doesn’t sound like they have strayed much from the plans laid out back in January. The press release highlights the same details 5 months later – combine the strongest features of both platforms, actively solicit customer feedback, no disruption to customers during the estimated 18 month integration, and continue to work with current EBL/ProQuest representatives. Continue reading
I attended the American Library Association MidWinter Conference in Seattle, Washington January 26 -29th. While there, I was able to speak with several eBook companies about new features and services. Below you will find a list of companies (alpha order) and new features complete with links for more information.
I also want to bring your attention to a few must read reports. First, the ALA Digital Content & Libraries Working Group publication, Ebook Business Models: A Scorecard for Public Libraries. Second, The Pew Internet Library Services in the Digital Age report. Finally, the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report (4th Edition). The latter reports provide excellent data to help understand user needs in our digital age. Continue reading