This is a very interesting development in eBook access from Local Knowledge Online (LKO) and ebrary. It’s not for libraries, but for individuals. LKO is offering individuals a subscription plan to ebrary’s business collections. Monthly subscription prices range from $9.99 to $25.00 depending on the collection (single-user license only). Quarterly and annual subscription rates are also available ($27.99 – $240.00). According to Kevin Cronin, Founder and President of LKO, “the primary difference between individuals vs library customers subscribing to ebrary is discovery. Instead of discovering ebrary content via a library OPAC, individuals will discover the ebrary content via LKO’s federated search.”
Cronin described the access process:
The ebrary content is discovered through an LKO’s search - http://www.localknowledgeonline.com/ We are federating eBook search and consolidating results which will now include titles from ebrary business collections. Users will have single sign-on registration (user name/password) through our site and subscribing ebrary users will be linked directly into the ebrary content when they select a title. Users without an ebrary subscription will have options for a limited preview of the ebrary collection, sign up for a free trial or subscribe to ebrary. Individuals that subscribe to ebrary will have the same ebrary experience as institutional library users. If you visit our preview site you’ll see the familiar ebrary interface - http://site.ebrary.com/lib/localkobctp/home.action
I suspect we will see more of this in the future from a variety of eBook vendors. Here’s more from the press release: Continue reading
ebrary is announcing the availability of the 2011 Global Student E-book Survey. Full results (downloadable) will be available in January. Those of you attending the Charleston Conference next week can get a sneak peek at the results during a session on Friday (details below). Here is more from the press release:
ebrary Surveys Suggest Students’ Research Needs Unmet, Results to be Presented at Charleston
November 1, 2011 – Palo Alto, CA, USA – In an ongoing effort to better understand the research requirements and expectations of students, especially as they relate to books, ebrary® today announced the initial results of its 2011 Global Student E-book Survey. A comparison of the new survey with the same survey conducted in 2008 implies that aggregators, publishers, and librarians need to better collaborate to address students’ information and research needs. Continue reading
Great news from ebrary about the ability to download eBook content to devices. ebrary conducted a study early this year about downloading capabilities. The results of this study discovered that 92% of libraries found offline access to be more or equally important to online access. Matt Barnes, VP of Marketing discussed the survey results during an interview in June. Here’s more from the ebrary press release about the new download functionality:
To further provide researchers with access to authoritative information whenever and wherever they need it, ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced the ability to download e-books onto multiple devices including the Kindle, iPad, iPhone, laptops and other devices. Additionally, the company announced a dedicated mobile application is in development and slated to ship later this year. Continue reading
This is from an ebrary press release dated 8/22/2011: ebrary ® announced new publishing partners University of Arizona Press, University of New Mexico Press, University of Illinois Press, University of Oklahoma Press, Wayne State University Press, Michigan State University Press, Mercer University Press, The University of Arkansas Press, Kassel University Press, Leuven University Press, The University Press of North Georgia, and the Urban Institute Press. ebrary now offers the most comprehensive selection of titles from 120 university press partners worldwide including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Harvard University Press, Yale University Press, and many others.
The publishers’ scholarly monographs and other authoritative materials will be available under a unique mix of models to address libraries’ evolving collection strategies and acquisition workflows. ebrary offers subscription, title-by-title perpetual archive purchases and Starter Packs, patron driven acquisition, short-term loans, and publisher packages. As YBP’s preferred e-book vendor, ebrary is also seamlessly integrated with YBP’s approval plan and new demand driven models. Titles are delivered on ebrary’s platform, which includes powerful functionality for researchers including InfoTools™ and sharable bookshelves.
ebrary developed an open access collection of e-books related to the events of September 11th at http://site.ebrary.com/lib/september11/. Libraries can include that link on their homepage and enable anyone with access to an Internet connection to download and read any or all of 15 full-text e-books throughout September. The selection includes We Are All Suspects Now: Untold Stories from Immigrant America After 9/11, by Tram Nguyen, Reclaiming the Sky: 9/11 and the Untold Story of the Men and Women Who Kept America Flying by Tom Murphy, Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11, Damon DiMarco and Thomas Kean, and Shock of the News: Media Coverage and the Making of 9/11by Brian Monahan. This is a fully-functional site with access to all of ebrary’s research tools at absolutely no cost.
On Sunday I met with Matt Barnes, Vice President of Marketing, for ebrary. Matt and I discussed ebrary’s new patron driven acquisition model, searching ebrary content through the ProQuest interface, and the results of an ebrary mobility study on the need for downloadable ebooks. Matt shares a few of the results, which are not yet published. For more information on ebrary, visit www.ebrary.com or contact email@example.com.
Matt’s interview and over 40 others are available on the NSR interviews page.
ALA is a great time to connect with librarians and publishers for audio interviews. Today I met with Dan Stasiewski at OverDrive to discuss the new OverDrive WIN platform features and Rick Lumsden from Encyclopaedia Britannica to discuss the new Britannica eBook platform. Tomorrow I’ll be with Matt Barnes of ebrary to discuss the new PDA business model and a recent survey ebrary conducted on downloadable ebooks. I hope to get these posted early next week. Stay tuned.
The news many have awaited since ProQuest’s acquisition of ebrary – ebrary content is now discoverable through ProQuest databases. In fact, the databases are interlinked. The Academic Complete collection will launch first, with additional titles available by fall.
More from the press release: Just over five months after acquiring e-book innovator ebrary®, ProQuest launched technology that will link the companies’ search platforms, enabling users to discover e-books in the context of their libraries’ ProQuest content and use tools from both environments. ProQuest’s all-new platform is rolling out in libraries around the world, bringing a flexible technological architecture that allows users to dive deeper into multiple content sources in multiple formats– wherever that information may reside. With the new connecting technology, one search leads users to ebrary’s e-book content that’s side-by-side with relevant reports, videos, journal and newspaper articles, and more. One click moves them quickly to the full-text whether it’s housed in the ebrary or ProQuest platform. Continue reading
This was announced on June 8th, but I’ve just received the press release. ebrary now has 210 titles available in a corporate computing subscription database.
More from the press release: ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology to libraries worldwide, today announced the availability of its new Corporate Computing subscription database. The growing collection features over 210 titles in Certification & Compliance, Databases, Software Engineering, Internet & Web Development, and other subject areas from Wiley (including Wrox, Sybex, and Dummies); Elsevier (including Syngress and Morgan Kaufmann); Taylor & Francis (including Auerbach and CRC Press), and other leading publishers. The selection, which is also available for purchase, may be previewed by visiting http://corptitles.ebrary.com and clicking on “Corporate Computing.” Continue reading
From an ebrary press release: ebrary®, a leading provider of e-books and research technology, today announced the availability of usage-triggered Short-Term Loans. Currently in beta, this groundbreaking model provides libraries with all of the benefits of traditional short-term loans with the added advantage of only paying if titles are used.
ebrary’s new Short-Term Loans can be a library’s standalone cost-saving service, or used in conjunction with ebrary’s Patron Driven Acquisition program to offer an additional layer of mediation before titles are triggered for purchase. As YBP’s preferred e-book vendor, ebrary also makes Short-Term Loans available through YBP’s Demand Driven Acquisition service. Continue reading